Antonyms for lose

Grammar : Verb
Spell : looz
Phonetic Transcription : luz

Definition of lose

Origin :
  • Old English losian "be lost, perish," from los "destruction, loss," from Proto-Germanic *lausa- (cf. Old Norse los "the breaking up of an army;" Old English forleosan "to lose, destroy," Old Frisian forliasa, Old Saxon farliosan, Middle Dutch verliesen, Old High German firliosan, German verlieren), from PIE root *leu- "to loosen, divide, cut apart, untie, separate" (cf. Sanskrit lunati "cuts, cuts off," lavitram "sickle;" Greek lyein "to loosen, untie, slacken," lysus "a loosening;" Latin luere "to loose, release, atone for, expiate").
  • Replaced related leosan (a class II strong verb whose past participle loren survives in forlorn and lovelorn), from Proto-Germanic *leusanan (cf. Old High German virliosan, German verlieren, Old Frisian urliasa, Gothic fraliusan "to lose").
  • Transitive sense of "to part with accidentally" is from c.1200. Meaning "fail to maintain" is from mid-15c. Meaning "to be defeated" (in a game, etc.) is from 1530s. Meaning "to cause (someone) to lose his way" is from 1640s. To lose (one's) mind "become insane" is attested from c.1500. To lose out "fail" is 1858, American English. Related: Lost; losing.
  • verb be deprived of; mislay
  • verb be defeated
  • verb escape, avoid
Example sentences :
  • After all, what vast privileges do you lose with your citizenship.
  • Extract from : « Philothea » by Lydia Maria Child
  • Do this up to the limit of your capital and I will make good anything you lose.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • Then all I can say is, that when you lose it you'll be in a bad pickle.
  • Extract from : « Brave and Bold » by Horatio Alger
  • He had become so wedded to his gold that to lose it was like losing his heart's blood.
  • Extract from : « Brave and Bold » by Horatio Alger
  • He feared now she meant to lose it irrevocably through remarriage.
  • Extract from : « The Spenders » by Harry Leon Wilson
  • She is a fine mare, and I am sorry to lose her, but we cannot help it.
  • Extract from : « Explorations in Australia » by John Forrest
  • Those found were in a sad state for want of water, and there was not a moment to lose.
  • Extract from : « Explorations in Australia » by John Forrest
  • We must support our rights or lose our character, and with it, perhaps, our liberties.
  • Extract from : « United States Presidents' Inaugural Speeches » by Various
  • But he has played so many of these jokes that they begin to lose their effect.
  • Extract from : « Monsieur du Muroir (From "Mosses From An Old Manse") » by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Hal did not lose any reputation because he failed to take Andrew Lanning at once.
  • Extract from : « Way of the Lawless » by Max Brand

Synonyms for lose

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