Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.


After all, what vast privileges do you lose with your citizenship.

Do this up to the limit of your capital and I will make good anything you lose.

Then all I can say is, that when you lose it you'll be in a bad pickle.

He had become so wedded to his gold that to lose it was like losing his heart's blood.

He feared now she meant to lose it irrevocably through remarriage.

Those found were in a sad state for want of water, and there was not a moment to lose.

She is a fine mare, and I am sorry to lose her, but we cannot help it.

We must support our rights or lose our character, and with it, perhaps, our liberties.

But he has played so many of these jokes that they begin to lose their effect.

Hal did not lose any reputation because he failed to take Andrew Lanning at once.


Old English losian "be lost, perish," from los "destruction, loss," from Proto-Germanic *lausa- (cf. Old Norse los "the breaking up of an army;" Old English forleosan "to lose, destroy," Old Frisian forliasa, Old Saxon farliosan, Middle Dutch verliesen, Old High German firliosan, German verlieren), from PIE root *leu- "to loosen, divide, cut apart, untie, separate" (cf. Sanskrit lunati "cuts, cuts off," lavitram "sickle;" Greek lyein "to loosen, untie, slacken," lysus "a loosening;" Latin luere "to loose, release, atone for, expiate").

Replaced related leosan (a class II strong verb whose past participle loren survives in forlorn and lovelorn), from Proto-Germanic *leusanan (cf. Old High German virliosan, German verlieren, Old Frisian urliasa, Gothic fraliusan "to lose").

Transitive sense of "to part with accidentally" is from c.1200. Meaning "fail to maintain" is from mid-15c. Meaning "to be defeated" (in a game, etc.) is from 1530s. Meaning "to cause (someone) to lose his way" is from 1640s. To lose (one's) mind "become insane" is attested from c.1500. To lose out "fail" is 1858, American English. Related: Lost; losing.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.