Definition of lose one's life in US English:

lose one's life


  • Be killed.

    ‘he lost his life in a car accident’
    • ‘Well, thank God so far nobody has lost their life.’
    • ‘The man who killed him also lost his life, but it was generally agreed that the sacrifice was worth it.’
    • ‘It is terrible that someone has lost their life and that we have also lost such a historic building.’
    • ‘Samson still lost his life, but he knew that they were going to kill him anyway.’
    • ‘Luckily this time no-one lost their life, but 11 people have been killed in 70 days of chaos on our roads, and police are predicting more carnage in the summer months ahead.’
    • ‘His son Joe lost his life when attempting to do likewise in 1862.’
    • ‘We're very sad that somebody has lost their life and would like to send our sympathies to the family.’
    • ‘The deceased lorry driver lost his life when he was forced to swerve his vehicle in an effort to avoid a small boy and drove into a lamp post.’
    • ‘Every time an innocent person lost their life, he was heart-broken.’
    • ‘I nearly lost my life and it's made me appreciate every single day.’
    pass away, pass on, lose one's life, depart this life, expire, breathe one's last, draw one's last breath, meet one's end, meet one's death, lay down one's life, be no more, perish, be lost, go the way of the flesh, go the way of all flesh, go to glory, go to one's last resting place, go to meet one's maker, cross the great divide, cross the styx
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