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Definition of lose:

  1. Not to employ; to employ ineffectually; to throw away; to waste; to squander; as, to lose a day; to lose the benefits of instruction.
  2. Retreat.
  3. To be deprived of the view of; to cease to see or know the whereabouts of; as, he lost his companion in the crowd.
  4. To cause to part with; to deprive of.
  5. To cease to have; to possess no longer; to suffer diminution of; as, to lose one's relish for anything; to lose one's health.
  6. To fail to obtain or enjoy; to fail to gain or win; hence, to fail to catch with the mind or senses; to miss; as, I lost a part of what he said.
  7. To part with unintentionally or unwillingly, as by accident, misfortune, negligence, penalty, forfeit, etc.; to be deprived of; as, to lose money from one's purse or pocket, or in business or gaming; to lose an arm or a leg by amputation; to lose men in battle.
  8. To prevent from gaining or obtaining.
  9. To ruin; to destroy; as destroy; as, the ship was lost on the ledge.
  10. To suffer loss, disadvantage, or defeat; to be worse off, esp. as the result of any kind of contest.
  11. To wander from; to miss, so as not to be able to and; to go astray from; as, to lose one's way.


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