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August 1, 2012 - Word of the Day

lose

A person who is beaten by the competition, loses to the winner. Losing is the opposite of winning. The word "lose" is an irregular verb:

simple
past
past participle
lose
lost
lost
  • How many games have they lost this year? (This question is in the present perfect tense.)
  • Their team never loses a game.
  • Michael Phelps lost the race but he still won a medal.
  • The Cubs are losing right now, but they have a chance to make a comeback this inning.
  • She lost the race but kept her dignity.
  • It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game that really matters. (This is a popular saying in the U.S.)

When this word is in the form of a noun, it becomes "loss."

  • They have three losses and five wins.
  • His loss was incredible, but he's okay.
  • We don't consider this a loss; instead, we think of it as an opportunity for improvement.

 

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