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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


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.


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.


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

Broader (hypernym)decline, worsen

Verb groupsuffer

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