Meaning of lost by Wiktionary Dictionary
Explanation of lost by Wordnet Dictionary
- ( UK ) enPR: lŏst, IPA: /lɒst/, X-SAMPA: /lQst/
- ( US ) enPR: lôst, IPA: /lɔst/, X-SAMPA: /lOst/
- ( cot–caught merger ) enPR: läst, IPA: /lɑst/, X-SAMPA: /lAst/
- Rhymes: -ɒst
Explanation of lost by Wordnet Dictionary
- his lost honor
- lost in thought
- 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”.
- Lost a. [Prop. p. p. of OE. losien. See Lose, v. t.]
1. Parted with unwillingly or unintentionally; not to be found; missing; as, “a lost book or sheep”.
2. Parted with; no longer held or possessed; as, “a lost limb; lost honor.”
3. Not employed or enjoyed; thrown away; employed ineffectually; wasted; squandered; as, “a lost day; a lost opportunity or benefit.”
5. Having wandered from, or unable to find, the way; bewildered; perplexed; as, “a child lost in the woods; a stranger lost in London.”
6. Ruined or destroyed, either physically or morally; past help or hope; as, “a ship lost at sea; a woman lost to virtue; a lost soul.”
7. Hardened beyond sensibility or recovery; alienated; insensible; as, “lost to shame; lost to all sense of honor.”
8. Not perceptible to the senses; no longer visible; as, “an island lost in a fog; a person lost in a crowd.”
9. Occupied with, or under the influence of, something, so as to be insensible of external things; as, “to be lost in thought”.
Lost motion ( Mach. ), the difference between the motion of a driver and that of a follower, due to the yielding of parts or looseness of joints.
Definition of lost by GCIDE Dictionary