Definition of lost in English:



  • past and past participle of lose


  • 1Unable to find one's way; not knowing one's whereabouts:

    ‘Help! We're lost!’
    • ‘The fire then merged with another started by a lost hiker signaling a helicopter.’
    • ‘I remember some of them quite vividly even though they got lost years and years ago.’
    • ‘Although the team got lost driving up, they were glad they came.’
    • ‘But even so, you can still get lost down the trail, and that's the general idea.’
    • ‘A fifth member turned up late, saying he got lost sightseeing, but the other four have not been seen.’
    • ‘With very few houses and tourist amenities it is very easy to get lost in these mountains after dark.’
    • ‘So even if you've been before, there's a fair chance you'll get lost or disorientated.’
    • ‘It's easy to get lost in the old city of Damascus but don't panic: the Syrians are kind and helpful.’
    • ‘However, evening had come, and he found himself thoroughly lost in the maze of crooked, narrow streets.’
    • ‘Even though the woodlands here are relatively small, it's easy to get lost in them if you don't follow the paths.’
    • ‘Abraham, who got lost traveling to the city, was also a bit erratic with his driving on the course.’
    • ‘In a foreign environment things happen and without clear explanation you can get lost very quickly.’
    • ‘You tell me, and I'll try not to get lost again the next time I drive through.’
    • ‘He got lost searching for the computer room, and when he eventually did call me back, the system had already righted itself.’
    • ‘At around 5am a lost and disorientated little black and white cat had appeared in their garden.’
    • ‘But when road users, who were not familiar with the area, took the route, they got lost.’
    • ‘At the end, she decided to stick with the Main Street, so as not to be easily lost.’
    • ‘I got lost driving back home, ended up on the way to Barking rather than Baker Street.’
    • ‘It was admittedly a much better walk though being lost as we went away from the main paths and more into proper forest.’
    • ‘Last year the amount of skiable terrain was doubled, so it was inevitable that we would get lost.’
    stray, astray, off-course, off-track, off the right track, disorientated, disoriented, having lost one's bearings, adrift, going round in circles, at sea
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    1. 1.1 Unable to be found:
      ‘he turned up with my lost golf clubs’
      • ‘It's nice to know that 70 people were actually looking for the lost child, and that they knew that there was one to look for.’
      • ‘When you poke about alongside a canal there are many lost and forgotten relics to be found of the old commercial nature of the place.’
      • ‘In some cases the card is not physically lost, but the critical information is in the possession of a third party.’
      • ‘Thus, owners seeking to recover their lost pets will often look to the civil law for a remedy.’
      • ‘If your pet is then lost or stolen, there is a good chance that your pet will be returned to you.’
      • ‘And in total I've probably spent more than a year looking for lost car keys.’
      • ‘When he takes the back off to mend it, he finds the lost grand.’
      • ‘I murmured a prayer to St. Anthony to find a lost paper, looked down, and my hand was on it.’
      • ‘A tearful little boy cannot sleep without a lost Teddy bear - which belonged to his baby brother.’
      • ‘Your cultural heritage is in critical danger of being lost and forgotten forever.’
      • ‘Behind the sofa is one of the places in a home where all the lost things end up.’
      • ‘When we look hard we find things - lost notes and four-leaf clovers, invisible to less attentive eyes.’
      missing, strayed, gone astray, gone missing, mislaid, misplaced, vanished, disappeared, forgotten, nowhere to be found
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    2. 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’
      • ‘Knowing these people helps to understand why alcohol is such a boon to the lost and the lonely.’
      • ‘At the moment though, I just feel rather lost and disorientated myself.’
      • ‘She felt lost, defeated in every aspect of herself.’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘We made up lost time and arrived at Gare du Nord on time, to be loaded into taxis and driven to our hotel for baths and showers and drinks before dinner.’
    • ‘The black market in the illegal fuel is estimated to cost the Government £450m in lost tax revenue a year.’
    • ‘Smokers who quit will not recover lost lung function, but the rate of decline may revert to that of a non-smoker.’
    • ‘It's best not to stare at children too hard these days, but listening to them I found myself in some kind of reverie for my own lost youth.’
    • ‘It will fight the case that you are actually an employee and it will attempt to recover lost revenues.’
    • ‘Back injuries result in millions of hours of lost work time and countless hours of pain for people everywhere.’
    • ‘Other footballers find a way to reintegrate themselves into the sport and recover their lost reputations.’
    • ‘All now turned on the outcome of John's attempt to recover his lost lands.’
    • ‘Police are still undertaking further investigations and trying to recover the lost relics.’
    • ‘Is it a longing for lost youth, a remembrance of a time of discovery when emotions were running out of control?’
    • ‘It has also been said that some are trying to recapture lost youth after children have flown the nest.’
    • ‘Older players in the team are jealous of school-boys as they represent their lost youth.’
    • ‘With a regular program of fitness the recovery of lost flexibility and strength will be noticeable.’
    • ‘He will not be paid but he will be recompensed for lost wages.’
    • ‘Bully is a disturbing film and some of its images of a lost and wasted youth are unforgettable.’
    • ‘In his situation I imagined I would feel angry at lost years and frustrated dreams.’
    • ‘Miserably, in trying to recover his lost childhood Jackson is depriving his own kids of theirs.’
    • ‘These remarkably lenient terms will cost the council £273,000 in lost interest.’
    • ‘Any nervousness quickly dissolved as we catch up on lost years.’
    • ‘Of course, in movies it is not always desirable to recover lost memories.’
    bygone, past, former, one-time, previous, old, olden, departed, vanished, forgotten, unremembered, unrecalled, consigned to oblivion, extinct, dead, lost and gone, lost in time
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    1. 2.1 (of time or an opportunity) not used advantageously; wasted:
      ‘the decision meant a lost opportunity to create 200 jobs’
      • ‘The fact he then learnt in a couple of weeks, but simply won't read books today, is an illustration of lost opportunity.’
      • ‘I was crying at the overwhelming sense of lost opportunity, and was probably not very good company in the bar afterwards.’
      • ‘This bill is a lost opportunity for young people who need those services.’
      • ‘For many in the developing world it has been a decade of lost opportunity.’
      • ‘The Central meanwhile were left to bemoan their lost opportunity to strike out.’
      • ‘The story of the aquaculture industry is one of lost opportunity under this Government.’
      • ‘In later years, she made up for this lost time, never missing an opportunity to add to her infamy.’
      • ‘Over dedication to a certain plan may result in lost opportunity.’
      • ‘It is going to be a massive era for British sport and for football not to play a part will be a lost opportunity.’
      • ‘The overall feeling I got from these three features was that it was a lost opportunity.’
      • ‘The link as shown would have fitted very well into the city centre, and one cannot but lament the lost opportunity.’
      • ‘It also made them keen to make up for lost opportunity and learn more about where they came from.’
      • ‘One thing is certain; that after the passage of time nothing can be done about the lost opportunity.’
      • ‘Slow and stately movement is compounding the lost opportunities of earlier wasted years.’
      • ‘The orphaned Garden Festival site became a byword in lost opportunity.’
      • ‘What is really worrying is the lost opportunity with regard to this bill.’
      • ‘The fact that this didn't happen in the first two years was a lost opportunity.’
      • ‘This could have been a lost opportunity for my friend to make a new friend and maybe meet others through him.’
      • ‘As a result, to varying degrees, they have all suffered years of lost opportunity.’
      • ‘Has the educational system improved so much that it was worth the lost opportunities?’
      missed, forfeited, neglected, wasted, squandered, dissipated, gone by the board
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    2. 2.2 Having died or been destroyed:
      ‘a memorial to the lost crewmen’
      • ‘Last week, the Australian navy took family members of the lost crew members out to the wreck site, where they held a ceremony and dropped wreaths into the water.’
      • ‘Participants will place 29 illuminated lanterns -- one for each of the lost crew members -- around the Fitzgerald's original anchor.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Attending the weekend were some of the survivors, crew members who had left ship before the sinking, relatives of the lost crew members and the captain of the U-Boat responsible.’
      extinct, died out, defunct, vanished, gone, perished
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