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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.'
England lost 2–1 to Germany.
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.
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).
This is the British English definition of lose. View American English definition of lose.
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