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English verb: lose

1. lose (possession) fail to keep or to maintain; cease to have, either physically or in an abstract sense


SamplesShe lost her purse when she left it unattended on her seat.


ExamplesThey lose the money


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)sleep off, white-out, whiteout


Antonymskeep, hold on

2. lose (competition) fail to win


SamplesWe lost the battle but we won the war.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s to somebody


Narrower (hyponym)drop, drop one's serve, go down, remain down, take the count


Entailcompete, contend, vie


Antonymswin

3. lose (emotion) suffer the loss of a person through death or removal


SamplesShe lost her husband in the war.
The couple that wanted to adopt the child lost her when the biological parents claimed her.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)suffer

4. lose (contact) place (something) where one cannot find it again


SamplesI misplaced my eyeglasses.


Synonymsmislay, misplace


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)lay, place, pose, position, put, set

5. lose (possession) miss from one's possessions; lose sight of


SamplesI've lost my glasses again!.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)forget, leave


Antonymsregain, find

6. lose (perception) allow to go out of sight


SamplesThe detective lost the man he was shadowing after he had to stop at a red light.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

7. lose (possession) fail to make money in a business; make a loss or fail to profit


SamplesI lost thousands of dollars on that bad investment!.
The company turned a loss after the first year.


ExamplesThey lose the money


Synonymsturn a loss


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP


Antonymsbreak even, turn a profit, profit

8. lose (possession) fail to get or obtain


SamplesI lost the opportunity to spend a year abroad.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Antonymsgain, win, acquire

9. lose (competition) retreat


Synonymsdrop off, fall back, fall behind, recede


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)regress, retrograde, retrogress


Antonymsgain ground, get ahead, make headway, pull ahead, win, gain, advance

10. lose (perception) fail to perceive or to catch with the senses or the mind


SamplesI missed that remark.
She missed his point.
We lost part of what he said.


Synonymsmiss


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody


Narrower (hyponym)overlook

11. lose (change) be set at a disadvantage


SamplesThis author really suffers in translation.


Synonymssuffer


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP


Broader (hypernym)decline, worsen


Verb groupsuffer









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