Lose, Loss, Loose


Lose, Loss, Loose

Is wearing loose clothes at bedtime better for the body?

What are you afraid to lose in life?

What is your unforgettable loss?

Kathy & Charlie converse: 

Kathy: You haven’t lost your way today?

Charlie: Not to lose my way while driving, I’m using the navigator on my smartphone.

Kathy: Wah! You’re wearing a nice skirt though slightly loose.

Charlie: Thanks. I like loose-fitting clothes but dislike loose characters.

Lose is an irregular verb. Its past tense and past participle are lost (lose-lost-lost). It means be defeated (India always loses in Olympics), something taken away from somebody due to natural or unnatural causes (The town lost the piped water facility due to vandalism), no longer having or maintaining a quality such as a moral character or mental stamina (Do not lose your will power to overcome the tragedy), be deprived of someone (I have to lose my children in the custody battle) or something (I lost my laptop though my brother warned); be deprived of (He lost his parents in a span of two weeks), and stray from or wander from (He lost his way on the highway). And another easy way to remember is: the opposite of win is? Lose!

A person who loses (in elections, sports, etc when contesting against an opponent) is a loser. He is a loser in stock market investments. But losers can also become winners if only they have patience and persistence.

A gambler is always a loser unless realizing and gambling.

Love’s Labour’s Lost is a play written by Shakespeare.

Derivatives of lose are loses, losing, lost, loser.

Lost is also an adjective referring to which cannot be recovered (Have we lost ethics in media?), confused or puzzled (She looked lost), gone, destroyed, dead, extinct. It also refers to someone when in deep concentration: engrossed, spellbound (She is lost in reading Harold Bloom’s How to read books and why), and as idioms – all is not lost (there is hope), get lost (go away), a lost cause (will fail, or failing, or failed), make up for lost time (compensate for the time lost), there is little or no love lost between him and her. And, London Underground train network has a lost-property office where one can check whether the things they have lost are there or not.

“But after inheriting his (Chandos Grenville, second Duke of Buckingham and Chandos) titles and one of England’s great estates, he astonished his associates, and no doubt himself, by managing to lose every penny of his inheritance in just nine years through a series of spectacularly unsound investments.” – Shakespeare by Bill Bryon

Loose is an adjective referring to being free, unrestricted, untied; not fitting; promiscuous (and its opposite is chaste, referring to character); and loosen is a verb (Cheer up, let us loosen up in the playground).

The opposite of tight is? Loose.

“Her stockings are loose on her ankles. I detest that : so tasteless. Those literary etherial people they are all. Dreamy, cloudy, symbolistic.” – Ulysses by James Joyce.

Loss is a noun meaning losing, deprived of something (property, someone dear, money, etc. USSR and Germany suffered heavy losses in the World War II), forfeiting something that one has possessed or owned earlier.

As a plural noun, loss refers to casualties, dead, death toll, fatalities; and deficiency, depletion (Our loss as a result of losing the family head).

At a loss is an idiom (not knowing what to do or act or say) referring to being confused, puzzled, baffled, in a state of helplessness, nonplussed.