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Lose appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Sheila is selling her shop at the seashore
    For shops at the seashore are so sure to lose
    And she’s not so sure of what she should be selling
    Should Sheila sell seashells or should she sell shoes
    (Danny Kaye song, arround 1930)

Lose appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • One solitary rat I lose, no?
  • Won race, so loth to lose car now.
  • Nets I lose can nip a pinnace, so listen!
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Lose is sometimes a misspelling of loose, loss or lost.

The word lose is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the verb lose

What does lose mean as a doing word?

Lose is one of the top 100 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular

  1. fail to keep or to maintain; cease to have, either physically or in an abstract sense
    • example: They lose the money
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • antonym: keep
    • more specific terms:
  2. fail to win
  3. suffer the loss of a person through death or removal
    • lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
    • more generic word: suffer = experience (emotional) pain
  4. miss from one's possessions; lose sight of
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • antonym: find
    • more specific words: forget / leave = leave behind unintentionally
  5. allow to go out of sight or mind
    • example: lose the crowds by climbing a mountain
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
  6. fail to make money in a business; make a loss or fail to profit
  7. fail to get or obtain
    • lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
    • antonym: win
    • more specific words: misplace / mislay = place (something) where one cannot find it again
  8. fail to perceive or to catch with the senses or the mind
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonym of lose: miss
    • more specific word: overlook = look past, fail to notice
  9. withdraw, as from reality
  10. be set at a disadvantage
    • example: The painting loses something in this light
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • synonym of lose: suffer
    • more generic words: decline / worsen = grow worse

Alternative definition of the verb lose


  1. [transitive] To cause (something) to cease to be in one's possession or capability due to unfortunate or unknown circumstances, events or reasons.
  2. [transitive] To have (an organ) removed from one's body, especially by accident.
  3. [transitive] To fail to win (a game, competition, trial, etc).
  4. [transitive] To shed (weight); to reduce.
    • [transitive] To experience the death of (someone to whom one has an attachment, such as a relative or friend).
    • [transitive] To be unable to follow or trace (somebody or something) any longer.
    • [transitive, informal] To shed, remove, discard, or eliminate.
    • [intransitive] To fail to be the winner.
      • Of a clock, to run slower than expected.


      1. "Lose" is the third studio album by American indie rock band Cymbals Eat Guitars, released by Tough Love Records on August 25, 2014 in the UK and by Barsuk Records on August 26, 2014 in the U.S.
      2. "Lose" is a composition.

      Phrases with Lose

      Phrases starting with the word Lose:

      1. lose it
      2. lose out
      3. Lose Face
      4. Lose Count
      5. Lose Heart
      6. Lose Sleep
      7. Lose Touch
      8. lose track
      9. lose ground
      10. Lose Weight
      11. Lose Oneself
      12. lose sight of
      13. Lose the Plot
      14. Lose One's Rag
      15. Lose One's Way
      16. Lose One's Cool

      Phrases ending with the word Lose:

      1. to lose
      2. For the Lose

      Other phrases containing the word Lose:

      1. To Lose Heart
      2. To Lose Ground

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      Printed books with definitions for Lose

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      Google previewSimplicial Complexes of Graphs (2007)

      by Jakob Jonsson

      T = Lose is a set-decision tree on {∅} and on any singleton set {{v}}. (iii) If ∆ is a family of sets, if σ is a nonempty set, if T0 is a set-decision tree on fdel∆(σ), and if T1 is a set-decision tree on lk∆(σ), then the triple (σ, T0 ,T1) is a set-decision ...

      Google previewUniversal Hints for an All Round Development of Human Personality: Vladimir Lenin as a Case Study (2016)

      by Javed Akhtar

      While win/lose is an authoritarian approach, having no standards, no demands, no expectations, no vision. It turns the people...

      Lose/lose is a philosophy of adversarial conflict, war and the highly dependent person. Habit 5 is 'seek first to ...

      Google previewOf Seeds and the People of God (2015)

      Preaching as Parable, Crucifixion, and Testimony by Michael P. Knowles

      lose refers to this kind of preaching as “kenotic rhetoric,” ...

      Google previewThe Beast in the Nursery (2010)

      On Curiosity and Other Appetites by Adam Phillips

      what children are always encouraged to lose is the knowledge that they do not know how to speak ( properly). If you know too well how to do something, you're less likely to fall into originality.

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      Usage statistics about lose

      The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

      Usage statistics for the verb lose:

      spoken English47.96%written English52.04% conversational speech48.93%task-oriented speech51.07% imaginative writing53.44%informational writing46.56%

      Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb lose:


      Comparison of usage frequency between the verb lose and its most common antonyms:

      findlose keeplose winlose

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      Video language resources about Lose

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      View more videos about Lose It, To Lose, lose out, Lose Face, Lose Heart, Lose Touch, Lose Weight, For the Lose, Lose Oneself, Lose Yourself, and You Snooze You Lose.

      See also the pronunciation examples of Lose!

      Sign language

      Sign Language: Sports & Recreation : Sign Language: Team, Lose, Win, Play

      How did the team do? Did they win or lose? Learn how to do sign language related to sports and recreation in this free education video. Expert: Rachel Berman ...

      Quotes about Lose

      If you lose money you lose much, if you lose friends you lose more, if you lose faith you lose all. (Eleanor Roosevelt)
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      Scrabble value of L1O1S1E1

      The value of this 4-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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