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"lost" in American English

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lostadjective

 us   /lɔst/
  • lost adjective (CANNOT BE FOUND)

(of a ​person) ​unable to ​findyour way, or (of an ​item) not to be ​found: a lost ​child/​pet/​earring We got lost on the way ​home. fig. I’d be lost without you (= I would not ​know what to do).
  • lost adjective (CONFUSED)

confused, or not ​able to ​understand or ​appreciate: His ​explanation was so ​complicated, I got lost after the first ​example. Everyone ​elsethought it was ​funny, but that ​joke was lost on me.

lost

 us   /lɔst/
  • lost (LOSE)

past simple and past participle oflose
(Definition of lost from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"lost" in British English

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lostadjective

uk   /lɒst/  us   /lɑːst/
  • lost adjective (PLACE UNKNOWN)

A2 not ​knowing where you are and how to get to a ​place: I got lost in the New York ​subwaysystem. You ​look lost - can I ​help you?B1 If something is lost, no one ​knows where it is: Things ​tend to get lost when you ​move. Lost: ​blackcat with ​whitepaws. Mikey ​turned up with the lost ​book.

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