AskDefine | Define lost

Dictionary Definition



1 fail to keep or to maintain; cease to have, either physically or in an abstract sense; "She lost her purse when she left it unattended on her seat" [ant: keep]
2 fail to win; "We lost the battle but we won the war" [ant: win]
3 suffer the loss of a person through death or removal; "She lost her husband in the war"; "The couple that wanted to adopt the child lost her when the biological parents claimed her"
4 place (something) where one cannot find it again; "I misplaced my eyeglasses" [syn: misplace, mislay]
5 miss from one's possessions; lose sight of; "I've lost my glasses again!" [ant: find]
6 allow to go out of sight; "The detective lost the man he was shadowing after he had to stop at a red light"
7 fail to make money in a business; make a loss or fail to profit; "I lost thousands of dollars on that bad investment!"; "The company turned a loss after the first year" [syn: turn a loss] [ant: profit, break even]
8 fail to get or obtain; "I lost the opportunity to spend a year abroad" [ant: acquire]
9 retreat [syn: fall back, drop off, fall behind, recede] [ant: gain]
10 fail to perceive or to catch with the senses or the mind; "I missed that remark"; "She missed his point"; "We lost part of what he said" [syn: miss]
11 be set at a disadvantage; "This author really suffers in translation" [syn: suffer] [also: lost]lost adj
1 no longer in your possession or control; unable to be found or recovered; "a lost child"; "lost friends"; "his lost book"; "lost opportunities" [ant: found]
2 having lost your bearings; confused as to time or place or personal identity; "I frequently find myself disoriented when I come up out of the subway"; "the anesthetic left her completely disoriented" [syn: confused, disoriented]
3 spiritually or physically doomed or destroyed; "lost souls"; "a lost generation"; "a lost ship"; "the lost platoon" [ant: saved]
4 not gained or won; "a lost battle"; "a lost prize" [ant: won]
5 incapable of being recovered or regained; "his lost honor"
6 not caught with the senses or the mind; "words lost in the din" [syn: missed]
7 deeply absorbed in thought; "as distant and bemused as a professor listening to the prattling of his freshman class"; "lost in thought"; "a preoccupied frown" [syn: bemused, deep in thought(p), lost(p), preoccupied]
8 no longer known; irretrievable; "a forgotten art"; "a lost art"; "lost civilizations" [syn: forgotten]
9 perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment; "obviously bemused by his questions"; "bewildered and confused"; "a cloudy and confounded philosopher"; "just a mixed-up kid"; "she felt lost on the first day of school" [syn: baffled, befuddled, bemused, bewildered, confounded, confused, mazed, mixed-up, at sea]
10 unable to function; without help [syn: helpless] n : people who are destined to die soon; "the agony of the doomed was in his voice" [syn: doomed]lost See lose

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. past of lose


Derived terms



  1. second and third person singular present tense lossen. release (s)

Extensive Definition

Lost may refer to:
The ABC television series:
  • Lost (TV series), a drama television series which follows the lives of plane crash survivors who land on a mysterious island
In other cinema or television:
In fiction:
In music:
In places:
Other uses:
  • The Lost (book), a 2006 memoir by Daniel Mendelsohn
  • The Lost (video game), 2002 vaporware game by Irrational Games
  • Mustard gas, also known as Lost, LOST, Schwefel-lost and S-Lost, from Lommel and Steinkopf, who developed a process for mass producing the gas for war
lost in Danish: Lost (flertydig)
lost in German: Lost
lost in Portuguese: Lost (desambiguação)
lost in Russian: Остаться в живых (значения)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abandoned, abashed, ablated, abroad, absent, absentminded, absorbed, abstracted, accursed, adrift, astray, at sea, away, baffled, bemused, bewildered, beyond recall, beyond remedy, bothered, buried, by the board, bygone, castle-building, clueless, condemned, confounded, confused, consumed, corrupt, cureless, cursed, damned, daydreaming, daydreamy, dead, defunct, departed, depleted, desperate, destroyed, devastated, discomposed, disconcerted, dismayed, disoriented, dissipated, dissolute, distracted, distrait, distraught, disturbed, doomed, down the drain, dreaming, dreamy, drowsing, ecstatic, elsewhere, embarrassed, engrossed, eroded, exhausted, expended, extinct, fallen, faraway, forfeit, forfeited, forgotten, frantic, frenzied, godless, gone, gone away, gone to waste, graceless, guessing, half-awake, helpless, hopeless, immedicable, in a fix, in a maze, in a pickle, in a reverie, in a scrape, in a stew, in the clouds, incorrigible, incurable, inoperable, irreclaimable, irrecoverable, irredeemable, irreformable, irremediable, irreparable, irretrievable, irreversible, irrevocable, lacking, late, long-lost, lost in thought, lost to, lost to sight, lost to view, mazed, meditative, mislaid, misplaced, misremembered, missing, misspent, mooning, moonraking, museful, musing, mystified, napping, no more, nodding, nonexistent, obliterated, oblivious, obsolete, off the track, out of sight, out the window, passed, past, past and gone, past hope, past praying for, past recall, pensive, perplexed, perturbed, pipe-dreaming, preoccupied, put-out, puzzled, rapt, remediless, reprobate, ruined, run to seed, shriftless, shrunken, somewhere else, spent, squandered, stargazing, strayed, taken up, terminal, transported, turned around, unchaste, unconscious, unconverted, undone, unmitigable, unredeemable, unredeemed, unregenerate, unrelievable, unsalvable, unsalvageable, unwon, upset, used, used up, vanished, wanton, wasted, without a clue, woolgathering, worn away, wrapped in thought, wrecked
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