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Meaning of lost by Wiktionary 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



    1. Simple past tense and past participle of lose .

    Derived terms


    lost ( comparative more lost, superlative most lost )

    1. Unable to find one's way; unavailable, with location unknown .
      Because she was so far behind the pack, she got lost in the forest .
      Deep beneath the ocean, the Titanic was lost to the world .

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Explanation of lost by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. not caught with the senses or the mind

    2. words lost in the din
    3. unable to function

    4. no longer in your possession or control

    5. a lost child
      lost friends
      his lost book
      lost opportunities
    6. spiritually or physically doomed or destroyed

    7. lost souls
      a lost generation
      a lost ship
      the lost platoon
    8. not gained or won

    9. a lost battle
      a lost prize
    10. having lost your bearings

    11. perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements

    12. she felt lost on the first day of school
    13. incapable of being recovered or regained

    14. his lost honor
    15. deeply absorbed in thought

    16. lost in thought
    1. people who are destined to die soon

    Definition of lost 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. 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.