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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LOSING

The more she thought of Robert's losing his place, the more unfortunate it seemed.

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

Losing a million a minute, even in sleep, he thought, was disquieting.

He went dazedly in to him,—and was awakened from the dream that he had been losing a fortune in his sleep.

He little knew how narrow an escape he had had of losing a third!

His great failing was that he exaggerated--no tale ever losing anything in his charge.

We have saved a number of countries from losing their liberty.

I am losing the best years of my life out of my natural service.

To the fear of losing our money is now added the fear of losing our sons.

To the fear of losing our jobs is added the fear of losing our lives.

WORD ORIGIN

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.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR LOSING

incapable

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