Definition of lost in English:

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Pronunciation: /lɒst/


past and past participle of lose.


1Unable to find one’s way; not knowing one’s whereabouts: Help! We’re lost!
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  • He got lost searching for the computer room, and when he eventually did call me back, the system had already righted itself.
  • Although the team got lost driving up, they were glad they came.
  • A fifth member turned up late, saying he got lost sightseeing, but the other four have not been seen.
stray, astray, off-course, off-track, off the right track, disorientated, disoriented, having lost one's bearings, adrift, going round in circles, at sea
1.1Unable to be found: he turned up with my lost golf clubs
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  • Behind the sofa is one of the places in a home where all the lost things end up.
  • I murmured a prayer to St. Anthony to find a lost paper, looked down, and my hand was on it.
  • When he takes the back off to mend it, he finds the lost grand.
missing, strayed, gone missing/astray, mislaid, misplaced, vanished, disappeared, forgotten, nowhere to be found;
absent, not present, gone
1.2 [predicative] Unable to understand or to cope with a situation: she stood there clutching a drink, feeling completely lost I’d be lost without her
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  • At the moment though, I just feel rather lost and disorientated myself.
  • Knowing these people helps to understand why alcohol is such a boon to the lost and the lonely.
  • Tonight, I felt lost beyond anything I have felt the entire time I have been here.
2That has been taken away or cannot be recovered: if only one could recapture one’s lost youth
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  • Police are still undertaking further investigations and trying to recover the lost relics.
  • Miserably, in trying to recover his lost childhood Jackson is depriving his own kids of theirs.
  • Smokers who quit will not recover lost lung function, but the rate of decline may revert to that of a non-smoker.
bygone, past, former, one-time, previous, old, olden, departed, vanished, forgotten, unremembered, unrecalled, consigned to oblivion, extinct, dead, lost and gone, lost in time;
out of date, outmoded;
French passé
2.1(Of time or an opportunity) not used advantageously; wasted: the decision meant a lost opportunity to create 200 jobs
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  • I was crying at the overwhelming sense of lost opportunity, and was probably not very good company in the bar afterwards.
  • The fact he then learnt in a couple of weeks, but simply won't read books today, is an illustration of lost opportunity.
  • Slow and stately movement is compounding the lost opportunities of earlier wasted years.
missed, forfeited, neglected, wasted, squandered, dissipated, gone by the board
informal down the drain
2.2Having died or been destroyed: a memorial to the lost crewmen
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  • The shrubbery was symbolic, and one particular tree was planted in memory of the Keller's lost son.
  • Every year the bodies of lost soldiers of World War One (1914-1918) are being unearthed.
  • Participants will place 29 illuminated lanterns -- one for each of the lost crew members -- around the Fitzgerald's original anchor.
extinct, died out, defunct, vanished, gone, perished;
destroyed, wiped out, ruined, wrecked, crushed, finished, demolished, obliterated, effaced, exterminated, eradicated, annihilated, extirpated



all is not lost

Used to suggest that there is still some chance of success or recovery: I know things look grim, but all is not lost
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  • Regardless of what the evidence might suggest, all is not lost.
  • However, in spite of the gloom, government sources yesterday suggested that perhaps all is not lost.
  • Well, it may be a mangled mess, but all is not lost.

be lost for words

Be so surprised, confused, or upset that one cannot think what to say: never loquacious, Sarah was now totally lost for words
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  • And then, suddenly, the devastation hit and I simply was lost for words, and I didn't really know what we could do.
  • I was lost for words - it was like a dream to see everyone helping me out.
  • He said: ‘I was lost for words, I didn't envisage it, but it made me feel great.’

be lost on

Fail to be noticed or appreciated by (someone): the significance of his remarks was not lost on Scott
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  • Unfortunately, the gag was lost on almost everyone she interviewed.
  • Now the art of gambling is lost on most, and I don't claim to be an expert, but there are three common strategies that people will use, with varying success.
  • The logic that it was important for the two countries to stand together now appeared to be lost on no one.

get lost

[often in imperative] informal Go away (used as an expression of anger or impatience): Why don’t you leave me alone? Go on, get lost!
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  • I motioned the driver to get lost and move on, but he didn't get the picture.
  • They basically told him to get lost as they supposedly had more important stuff to do.
  • Each time I met this shameless fellow, my first instinct was to slap him and tell him to get lost.
go away, go, leave, depart, get going, get out, be off with you, shoo
informal scram, be on your way, run along, beat it, skedaddle, split, vamoose, scat, push off, buzz off, shove off, clear off, go (and) jump in the lake
British informal hop it, bog off, naff off, on your bike, get along, sling your hook
North American informal bug off, light out, haul off, haul ass, take a powder, hit the trail, take a hike
Australian informal nick off
Australian/New Zealand informal rack off
South African informal voetsak, hamba
vulgar slang bugger off, piss off, fuck off
British vulgar slang sod off
literary begone, avaunt

give someone up for lost

Stop expecting that a missing person will be found alive: their comrades had given them up for lost
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  • He had searched for her, but eventually had to give her up for lost.
  • If a warrior didn't return for a very, very long time, about ten years, then the family would mourn and give them up for lost.
  • Now, it seems to me that anyone in the USA writing as late as October, ought to be well aware that Amelia Earhart had been given up for lost long before.

make up for lost time

Do something faster or more often in order to compensate for not having done it quickly or often enough before: he may not have travelled much as a young man, but he has now made up for lost time
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  • Whether the partnership can move quickly enough to make up for lost time, however, remains to be seen.
  • My work has taken me away a great deal and I want to make up for lost time whilst I am still hopefully young and fit enough to do so.
  • I guess when you're thrown in with a group of people for a relatively short period of time, you make up for lost time by getting to know each other quickly.

Words that rhyme with lost

accost, cost, frost, Prost, riposte

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