• The result of no longer possessing an object, a function, or a characteristic due to external causes or misplacement.
  • The destruction or ruin of an object.
  • Something that has been destroyed or ruined.
  • Defeat; an instance of being defeated.
  • The death of a person or animal.
  • The condition of grief caused by losing someone or something, especially someone who has died.
  • The sum an entity loses on balance.
  • Electricity of kinetic power expended without doing useful work.


  • Alternate spelling of lost


  • From Middle English los, from Old English los ("damage, destruction, loss"), from Proto-Germanic *lusÄ… ("dissolution, break-up, loss"), from Proto-Indo-European *lews- ("to cut, sunder, separate, loose, lose"). Cognate with Icelandic los ("dissolution, looseness, break-up"), Old English lor, forlor, Middle High German verlor ("loss, ruin"). More at lose.
  • Pronunciation spelling of lost

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