lost: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (lôst, lost), [key]
— adj.
  1. no longer possessed or retained: lost friends.
  2. no longer to be found: lost articles.
  3. having gone astray or missed the way; bewildered as to place, direction, etc.: lost children.
  4. not used to good purpose, as opportunities, time, or labor; wasted: a lost advantage.
  5. being something that someone has failed to win: a lost prize.
  6. ending in or attended with defeat: a lost battle.
  7. destroyed or ruined: lost ships.
  8. preoccupied; rapt: He seems lost in thought.
  9. distracted; distraught; desperate; hopeless: the lost look of a man trapped and afraid.
  10. I think I'll get lost before an argument starts.
    1. to absent oneself:I think I'll get lost before an argument starts.
    2. to stop being a nuisance:If they call again, tell them to get lost.
  11. The opportunity was lost to him.
    1. no longer belonging to.
    2. no longer possible or open to:The opportunity was lost to him.
    3. insensible to:lost to all sense of duty.
—v.t., v.i.
  1. pt. and pp. of
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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