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Definition 1: be set at a disadvantage - [verb of change]

Samples where lose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This author really suffers in translation
  • The painting loses something in this light

Synonyms for lose in the sense of this definition

(lose is a kind of ...) grow worse

"Conditions in the slum worsened"

(lose has a similar meaning as ...) get worse

"His grades suffered"

Definition 2: withdraw, as from reality - [verb of change]

Samples where lose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he lost himslef in his music

(lose is a kind of ...) keep away from others

"He sequestered himself in his study to write a book"

Definition 3: fail to win - [verb of competition]

Samples where lose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • We lost the battle but we won the war

(... is a kind of lose ) be defeated

"If America goes down, the free world will go down, too"

(... is a kind of lose ) lose (a game)

"The Giants dropped 11 of their first 13"

(... is a kind of lose ) be counted out; remain down while the referee counts to ten

(... is a kind of lose ) lose a game in which one is serving

(lose implies ...) compete for something; engage in a contest; measure oneself against others

Definition 4: suffer the loss of a person through death or removal - [verb of emotion]

Samples where lose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

(lose is a kind of ...) experience (emotional) pain

"Every time her husband gets drunk, she suffers"

Definition 5: allow to go out of sight or mind - [verb of perception]

Samples where lose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The detective lost the man he was shadowing after he had to stop at a red light
  • lose the crowds by climbing a mountain
  • the lost tribe

Definition 6: fail to perceive or to catch with the senses or the mind - [verb of perception]

Samples where lose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I missed that remark
  • She missed his point
  • We lost part of what he said

Synonyms for lose in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of lose ) look past, fail to notice

Definition 7: fail to get or obtain - [verb of possession]

Samples where lose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I lost the opportunity to spend a year abroad

(... is a kind of lose ) place (something) where one cannot find it again

"I misplaced my eyeglasses"

Definition 8: miss from one's possessions; lose sight of - [verb of possession]

Samples where lose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I've lost my glasses again!

(... is a kind of lose ) leave behind unintentionally

"I forgot my umbrella in the restaurant" "I left my keys inside the car and locked the doors"

Definition 9: fail to keep or to maintain; cease to have, either physically or in an abstract sense - [verb of possession]

Samples where lose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She lost her purse when she left it unattended on her seat

(... is a kind of lose ) lose daylight visibility in heavy fog, snow, or rain

(... is a kind of lose ) get rid of by sleeping

"sleep off a hangover"

Definition 10: fail to make money in a business; make a loss or fail to profit - [verb of possession]

Samples where lose or its synonyms are used according to this definition

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

Synonyms for lose in the sense of this definition

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