Translation of "lose" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb uk /luːz/ us /luz/ present participle losing, past tense and past participle lost

A2 to not be able to find someone or something

I’ve lost my passport.
She’s always losing her keys.

B1 to stop having something that you had before

She lost a leg in a car accident.
He lost his job.

B1 to have less of something than you had before

She’s lost a lot of weight.
He’s losing his hair.

B1 If you lose a game, the team or person that you are playing against wins.

Chelsea lost by a goal.
They’re losing 3–1.

to waste something such as time or an opportunity

Because of illness, she lost the chance of a place in the team.
lose interest, patience, etc.

to stop feeling something

perder el interés, la paciencia, etc.
I’ve lost interest in the subject.
He kept on crying, and I lost my patience.
lose your head/mind

to become crazy

perder la cabeza

Phrasal verb(s)

(Translation of “lose” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


verb /luːz/ (past tense, past participle lost /lost/)

to stop having; to have no longer

She has lost interest in her work
I have lost my watch
He lost hold of the rope.

to have taken away from one (by death, accident etc)

She lost her father last year
The ship was lost in the storm
He has lost his job.

to put (something) where it cannot be found


not to win

I always lose at cards
She lost the race.

to waste or use more (time) than is necessary

He lost no time in informing the police of the robbery.
loser noun

a person who loses

The losers congratulated the winners.
loss /los/ noun

the act or fact of losing

She was suffering from loss of memory
He was mourning the loss (= death) of his friend.

something which is lost

It was only after he was dead that we realized what a loss he was.

the amount (especially of money) which is lost

This month the company recorded a loss of £550, 000.
lost adjective

missing; no longer to be found

a lost ticket.

not won

The game is not lost until the final whistle.

wasted; not used properly

a lost opportunity.

no longer knowing where one is, or in which direction to go

I don’t know whether to turn left or right – I’m lost.
at a loss

not knowing what to do, say etc

de una pieza, sin palabras
He was at a loss for words to express his gratitude.
a bad/good loser noun

someone who behaves badly or well when he loses a game etc.

mal/buen perdedor
lose oneself in phrasal verb

to have all one’s attention taken up by

sumergirse en
He lost himself in a book.
lose one’s memory

to stop being able to remember things

perder la memoria
As he got older, he began to lose his memory.
lose out phrasal verb

to suffer loss or be at a disadvantage

salir perdiendo
We lost out when we didn’t buy a house at a time when property was much cheaper than it is now.
lost in phrasal verb

having one’s attention wholly taken up by

perdido en
She was lost in thought.
lost on

wasted, having no effect, on

no tener efecto
The joke was lost on her.
lost property noun

(British) things that people have accidentally left in a public place and are kept until they are collected by the people who lost them.

objetos perdidos

(British ) a place where things are kept that have been accidentally left by people in a public place; lost-and-found (American)

Oficina de Objetos Perdidos
to lose (not loose) the match.

(Translation of “lose” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)