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Spanish translation of “lose”


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 My secretary has lost your letter. 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 He was an extremely bad loser. 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 someone who behaves badly or well when he loses a game etc. lose oneself in to have all one’s attention taken up by He lost himself in a book. lose one’s memory to stop being able to remember things. As he got older, he began to lose his memory. lose out 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 having one’s attention wholly taken up by She was lost in thought. lost on wasted, having no effect, on
no tener efecto
The joke was lost on her.
to lose (not loose) the match.
(Definition of lose from the Password English-Spanish Dictionary © 2013 K Dictionaries Ltd)

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