(Los) n. Praise. See Loos. [Obs.] Chaucer.
(Los"a*ble) a. Such as can be lost.
(Los"ange) n. See Lozenge.
(Lose) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Lost (lost; 115) p. pr. & vb. n. Losing ] [OE. losien to loose, be lost,
lose, AS. losian to become loose; akin to OE. leosen to lose, p. p. loren, lorn, AS. leósan, p. p. loren
D. verliezen, G. verlieren, Dan. forlise, Sw. förlisa, förlora, Goth. fraliusan, also to E. loose, a & v., L.
luere to loose, Gr. ly`ein, Skr. lu to cut. &radic127. Cf. Analysis, Palsy, Solve, Forlorn, Leasing,
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 disasterPrior.
Of having lost her favorite dove.
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,Pope.
You lose it in the moment you detect.
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,Dryden.
And lost it but to Macedonians.
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.