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Meaning of losing by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • Rhymes: -uːzɪŋ


    losing ( not comparable )

    1. That loses or lose, or has or have lost .
      Being on the losing team is disappointing .


    losing ( plural: losings )

    1. The action of the verb to lose .



    1. Present participle of lose .

Definition of losing by GCIDE Dictionary


  1. Lose ( lz ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lost ( lŏst; 115 ) p. pr. & vb. n. Losing ( lzĭng ).] [OE. losien to loose, be lost, lose, AS. losian to become loose; akin to OE. leosen to lose, p. p. loren, lorn, AS. leísan, p. p. loren ( in comp. ), D. verliezen, G. verlieren, Dan. forlise, Sw. förlisa, förlora, Goth. fraliusan, also to E. loose, a & v., L. luere to loose, Gr. λύειν, Skr. lū to cut. √127. Cf. Analysis, Palsy, Solve, Forlorn, Leasing, Loose, Loss.]

    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.”

    Fair Venus wept the sad disaster

    Of having lost her favorite dove. Prior.

    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.”

    If the salt hath lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? Matt. v. 13.

    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.”

    The unhappy have but hours, and these they lose. Dryden.

    4. To wander from; to miss, so as not to be able to and; to go astray from; as, “to lose one's way”.

    He hath lost his fellows. Shak

    5. To ruin; to destroy; as destroy; as, “the ship was lost on the ledge”.

    The woman that deliberates is lost. Addison.

    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”.

    Like following life thro' creatures you dissect,

    You lose it in the moment you detect. Pope.

    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”.

    He shall in no wise lose his reward. Matt. x. 42.

    I fought the battle bravely which I lost,

    And lost it but to Macedonians. Dryden.

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

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

    9. To prevent from gaining or obtaining.

    O false heart! thou hadst almost betrayed me to eternal flames, and lost me this glory. Baxter.

    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.

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

    -- To lose one's self. To forget or mistake the bearing of surrounding objects; as, “to lose one's self in a great city”. To have the perceptive and rational power temporarily suspended; as, “we lose ourselves in sleep”. -- To lose sight of. To cease to see; as, “to lose sight of the land”. To overlook; to forget; to fail to perceive; as, “he lost sight of the issue”.

  2. Losing a. [See Losenger.] Given to flattery or deceit; flattering; cozening. [Obs.]

    Amongst the many simoniacal that swarmed in the land, Herbert, Bishop of Thetford, must not be forgotten; nick-named Losing, that is, the Flatterer. Fuller.

  3. Losing a. [See Lose, v. t.] Causing or likely to cause a loss; as, “a losing game or business; a losing strategy”.

    Who strive to sit out losing hands are lost. Herbert.