(past tense and past participle lost [lɒst] ) verb
1) [T] to no longer have something
Mike lost his job last year.[/ex]
The family lost everything when their home burned down.[/ex]
Peter lost a leg in a climbing accident.[/ex]
Jane started to lose interest in her schoolwork.[/ex]
We've lost all hope of finding him alive.[/ex]
2) [T] to be unable to find someone or something
I've lost my bag. Have you seen it?[/ex]
You can easily lose a child in a busy street.[/ex]
3) [I/T] to not win a race or competition
England lost 2–1 to Germany.[/ex]
They lost by only one point.[/ex]
Those comments may well have lost them the election.[/ex]
4) [T] to have less of something than before because some of it has gone
The plane suddenly lost cabin pressure.[/ex]
He's lost a lot of weight recently.[/ex]
5) [T] if you lose a member of your close family or a close friend, they die
She lost her son in a car accident.[/ex]
6) [T] if you lose time or an opportunity, you waste it
7) [T] to manage to escape from someone who is following you
8) [T] to make someone confused when you are explaining something
I'm sorry, you've lost me there. Who's Andrew?[/ex]
9) [T] if a clock or watch loses time, it is operating too slowly and shows a time that is earlier than the correct time
have a lot/too much to lose — to be in a position where something bad might happen if you are not successful[/ex]
have nothing to lose — used for saying that someone should try something because their situation will not be any worse if they fail[/ex]
lose count — 1) to forget a total when you are counting something[/ex]
Don't talk to me or I'll lose count.[/ex]

— 2) used for emphasizing that something has happened many times

I've lost count of the times he's asked to borrow money.[/ex]
lose itinformal 1) to suddenly become unable to behave or think in a sensible way; 2) to suddenly become very angry[/ex]
lose ground — to go into a position where you are less advanced or successful than someone else[/ex]
lose your life — to die as a result of something such as an accident, war, or illness[/ex]
He lost his life in a sailing accident.[/ex]
lose your mindinformal to become crazy or confused[/ex]
lose touch (with sth) — to not know the most recent information about something, so you no longer understand it completely[/ex]
lose touch / contact (with sb) — to not know what someone is doing because you have not talked to or communicated with them for a long time[/ex]

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