Losing
Lose Lose (l[=oo]z), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Lost} (l[o^]st; 115) p. pr. & vb. n. {Losing} (l[=oo]z"[i^]ng).] [OE. losien to loose, be lost, lose, AS. losian to become loose; akin to OE. leosen to lose, p. p. loren, lorn, AS. le['o]san, p. p. loren (in comp.), D. verliezen, G. verlieren, Dan. forlise, Sw. f["o]rlisa, f["o]rlora, Goth. fraliusan, also to E. loose, a & v., L. luere to loose, Gr. ly`ein, Skr. l[=u] to cut. [root]127. Cf. {Analysis}, {Palsy}, {Solve}, {Forlorn}, {Leasing}, {Loose}, {Loss}.] [1913 Webster] 1. 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. [1913 Webster]

Fair Venus wept the sad disaster Of having lost her favorite dove. --Prior. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. [1913 Webster]

If the salt hath lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? --Matt. v. 13. [1913 Webster]

3. Not to employ; to employ ineffectually; to throw away; to waste; to squander; as, to lose a day; to lose the benefits of instruction. [1913 Webster]

The unhappy have but hours, and these they lose. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. To wander from; to miss, so as not to be able to and; to go astray from; as, to lose one's way. [1913 Webster]

He hath lost his fellows. --Shak [1913 Webster]

5. To ruin; to destroy; as destroy; as, the ship was lost on the ledge. [1913 Webster]

The woman that deliberates is lost. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

6. To be deprived of the view of; to cease to see or know the whereabouts of; as, he lost his companion in the crowd. [1913 Webster]

Like following life thro' creatures you dissect, You lose it in the moment you detect. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

7. 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. [1913 Webster]

He shall in no wise lose his reward. --Matt. x. 42. [1913 Webster]

I fought the battle bravely which I lost, And lost it but to Macedonians. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

8. To cause to part with; to deprive of. [R.] [1913 Webster]

How should you go about to lose him a wife he loves with so much passion? --Sir W. Temple. [1913 Webster]

9. To prevent from gaining or obtaining. [1913 Webster]

O false heart! thou hadst almost betrayed me to eternal flames, and lost me this glory. --Baxter. [1913 Webster]

{To lose ground}, to fall behind; to suffer gradual loss or disadvantage.

{To lose heart}, to lose courage; to become timid. ``The mutineers lost heart.'' --Macaulay.

{To lose one's head}, to be thrown off one's balance; to lose the use of one's good sense or judgment, through fear, anger, or other emotion. [1913 Webster]

In the excitement of such a discovery, many scholars lost their heads. --Whitney.

{To lose one's self}. (a) To forget or mistake the bearing of surrounding objects; as, to lose one's self in a great city. (b) To have the perceptive and rational power temporarily suspended; as, we lose ourselves in sleep.

{To lose sight of}. (a) To cease to see; as, to lose sight of the land. (b) To overlook; to forget; to fail to perceive; as, he lost sight of the issue. [1913 Webster]


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  • Losing — Los ing, a. [See {Lose}, v. t.] Causing or likely to cause a loss; as, a losing game or business; a losing strategy. [1913 Webster] Who strive to sit out losing hands are lost. Herbert. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • losing — [lo͞o′ziŋ] n. 1. the act of one that loses 2. [pl.] losses by gambling adj. 1. that loses [a losing team] 2. resulting in loss [a losing proposition] …   English World dictionary

  • Losing — Lo sing, a. [See {Losenger}.] Given to flattery or deceit; flattering; cozening. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Amongst the many simoniacal that swarmed in the land, Herbert, Bishop of Thetford, must not be forgotten; nick named Losing, that is, the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • losing — adjective Date: 1519 1. resulting in or likely to result in defeat < a losing battle > < a losing poker hand > 2. marked by many losses or more losses than wins < a losing streak > < a losing record > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • losing — 1. adjective That loses or lose, or has or have lost. Being on the losing team is disappointing. 2. noun The action of the verb to lose …   Wiktionary

  • losing — adj. Losing is used with these nouns: ↑battle, ↑candidate, ↑proposition, ↑sequence, ↑side, ↑streak, ↑team …   Collocations dictionary

  • losing — I (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [ Said of one who loses ] Syn. failing, falling, undone, defeated, worsted, ruined, doomed, being wrecked, being destroyed, being shorn of, being denuded, being deprived of, being bereft of, having the worst of it, coming …   English dictionary for students

  • losing — losingly, adv. /looh zing/, adj. 1. causing or suffering loss. n. 2. losings, losses. [bef. 950; ME, OE; see LOSE, ING2, ING1] * * * …   Universalium

  • losing — f ( e/ a) loss, destruction …   Old to modern English dictionary

  • losing — los·ing || luːzɪŋ n. misplacing luːz v. fail to keep possession of; mislay, misplace; be deprived of; be defeated, fail; be bereaved; suffer a loss; waste; miss; go in the wrong direction; become less effective or valuable, diminish …   English contemporary dictionary

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