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Mike lost his job last year.
Register now and don't lose your right to vote.
The family lost everything when their home burned down.
An unreasonably high exchange rate lost them export markets.
They feared losing the sale to a rival company.
"How did you do in the quiz?" "We lost."
The Rams lost 24–14 to the Giants.
They lost by only one point.
Those comments may well have lost them the election.
The plane lost cabin pressure and everyone had to use oxygen masks.
Peter lost a leg in a climbing accident.
He started losing his hair in his late twenties.
Jane started to lose interest in her schoolwork.
Many people have lost faith in the police.
We've lost all hope of finding him alive.
a plan to reduce the amount of working time lost through sickness
He must realize that an outstanding opportunity has been lost.
There's no time to lose (=used for saying that it is necessary to do something as quickly as possible because the situation is urgent).
I'm sorry, you've lost me there. Who's Andrew?
They are reluctant to get involved in this, they've got a lot to lose.
Figuring they had nothing to lose, they decided to audition for the show.
The government will lose face if they do not go ahead with this.
He led from lap one but then lost ground after several pit stops.
I'm afraid at that point I lost my head and panicked.
He never lost heart, even though his competition was way ahead.
I don't know what happened to me, I just lost it.
It seems amazing that in all these years in the public eye she has never publicly lost it.
He lost his life in a sailing accident.
She lost no time in telling Sonia what had happened.
She lost her mother to cancer.
I've lived in the U.S. for 10 years, so I've somewhat lost touch with British politics.
If you've lost touch with a friend or neighbor we can help you find them.
She likes nothing better than to lose herself in a book.
It was just a mistake. Don't lose any sleep over it.
This is the American English definition of lose. View British English definition of lose.
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