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English definition of “lose”

lose

verb
 
 
/luːz/ (past tense and past participle lost)
NOT FIND [T] A2 to not be able to find someone or something: I've lost my passport. She's always losing her car keys.Losing and lossWinning and losing
NOT HAVE [T] B1 to stop having someone or something that you had before: She lost a leg in a car accident. I hope he doesn't lose his job. He lost his mother (= his mother died) last year.Losing and lossWinning and losingDeath and dying
HAVE LESS [T] B1 to have less of something than you had before: She's lost a lot of weight. He's losing his hair. to lose your memoryLosing and lossWinning and losingProfits and losses
NOT WIN [I, T] B1 If you lose a game, competition, or election, the team or person that you are competing with wins: Chelsea lost by a goal. They're losing 3-1. They hadn't lost an election in 15 years.Failing and doing badlyScoring, winning and losing in sportWinning and defeatingLosing and being defeated
lose faith/interest/patience, etc B2 to stop feeling something good: I'm rapidly losing interest in the whole subject. He kept on crying and I lost my patience. I've lost faith in doctors.Feelings - general words
TIME [T] B2 If you lose a number of hours or days, you cannot work during this time: Four million hours were lost last year through stress-related illnesses.Losing and lossWinning and losing
CLOCK [T] If a clock loses time, it goes slower than it should: My watch loses ten minutes every day.Watches and clocks
CONFUSE [T] informal to confuse someone so that they do not understand something: No, you've lost me there - can you explain that again?Confusion, confusing and feeling confused
GET RID OF informal to take something away, usually because it looks bad: Lose the belt, Andrea, it looks ridiculous with that dress.Removing and getting rid of thingsTaking things away from someone or somewhere
lose your balance to fall because you are leaning too much to one sideLosing and lossWinning and losingFailing and doing badly
lose count of sth to forget the exact number: I've lost count of how many times I've called her.Forgetting and forgetfulness
lose your life B2 to die: Millions of young men lost their lives in the war.Death and dyingFailing and doing badly
→ See also fight a losing battle, lose your cool, lose/save face, gain/lose ground, lose sight of sth, lose sleep over sth, be losing it, lose it, lose out
(Definition of lose from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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