[ verb ] fail to keep or to maintain; cease to have, either physically or in an abstract sense
"She lost her purse when she left it unattended on her seat"
Used in print(Newark Evening News,...)
Nothing that Plainfield last year had lost the Mack_Truck_Co. plant , he said industry will not come into this state until there is tax reform .(William Gomberg, "Unions and the Anti-Trust Laws"...)
The suit against the union was successful and many workers lost their homes to pay_off the judgment .(Alfred Wright, "A Duel Golfers Will Never Forget"...)
Arnold_Palmer , the defending champion , lost his title on the 72 nd hole after a_few minutes of misfortune that left even his fellow pros gaping in disbelief .
He did seem hasty on his second and third shots , but then there was an agonizing wait of several minutes while Coe graciously putted out , giving Palmer a chance to recover his composure , which he had quite visibly lost .(The Christian Science Monitor...)
But if anything can bring_home to Mr._Khrushchev the idea that he will not really get much enjoyment from watching this Braddock-against-the-Indians contest , it will probably be the fact that SEATO forces are ready to attempt it - plus the fact that Moscow has something to lose from closing_off disarmament and other bigger negotiations with Washington .
[ verb ] fail to win
"We lost the battle but we won the war"
Used in print(The Dallas Morning News,...)
Paradise lost to the alleged water needs of Texas ' big cities Thursday .(The Dallas Morning News,...)
His statistical record that year , when Texas won only one game and lost nine , was far from impressive : he carried the ball three times for a net gain of 10 yards , punted once for 39 yards and caught one pass for 13 yards .(St. Louis Post-Dispatch,...)
We 'd be losing at halftime to a good team and Hartweger would say , ' Do n't worry , Coach - we 'll get 'em all_right '' ' .(Douglas Ashford, "Elections in Morocco: Progress...)
The local Istiqlal and U.M.C.I.A. offices did not campaign and lost heavily .(Glayds H. Barr, The Master of Geneva....)
You know the law : if you lose the debate after accepting a challenge , you will be banished '' !
[ verb ] suffer the loss of a person through death or removal
"She lost her husband in the war" "The couple that wanted to adopt the child lost her when the biological parents claimed her"
Used in print(L. Don Leet and Florence J. Leet, editors, The World of...)
But not a single human life was lost , and property damage in the Hawaiian_Islands did not exceed $ 800000 .(Mignon G. Eberhart, The Cup, the Blade...)
She lost her beau to you '' .(Joseph Chadwick, No Land Is Free....)
I 've got_to take Danny away from Clayton before I lose him altogether .
[ verb ] place (something) where one cannot find it again
"I misplaced my eyeglasses"
Used in print(Rocky Mountains News, [Denver, Colorado],...)
Just when it seems baseball might be losing its grip on the masses up pops heroics to start millions of tongues to wagging .
[ verb ] allow to go out of sight
: "The detective lost the man he was shadowing after he had to stop at a red light"
Used in print(Donald J. Plantz, Sweeney Squadron....)
To the west , the dark green hills of Leyte were lost in the clouds about halfway up their slopes .
[ verb ] fail to make money in a business; make a loss or fail to profit
"I lost thousands of dollars on that bad investment!" "The company turned a loss after the first year"
Used in print(Musical America, LXXXI:5...)
On that date the Musicians_Emergency_Fund , organized to furnish employment for musicians unable to obtain engagements during the depression and to provide relief for older musicians who lost their fortunes in the stock_market crash , observed its 30_th anniversary .(Breni James, Nights of the Kill....)
That way I do n't lose so much '' .
[ verb ] fail to get or obtain
"I lost the opportunity to spend a year abroad"
Used in print(Los Angeles Times,...)
Rather_than viewing the abortive recovery in 1959 - 60 as a reason for believing we have lost prospects for growth `` , he said '' it should be viewed_as a lesson well learned which will increase the probability of substantial improvement in_this recovery `` .
[ verb ] retreat
Used in print(Christopher Davis, First Family....)
His teacher and his school_principal were conferred_with and everyone agreed that , if he kept_up with a certain amount of work at home , there was little danger of his losing a term .