lost

lost
[[t]lɒ̱st, AM lɔ͟ːst[/t]]
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1) Lost is the past tense and past participle of lose.
2) ADJ: usu v-link ADJ If you are lost or if you get lost, you do not know where you are or are unable to find your way.

Barely had I set foot in the street when I realised I was lost...

I took a wrong turn and we got lost in the mountains.

3) ADJ If something is lost, or gets lost, you cannot find it, for example because you have forgotten where you put it.

...a lost book...

My paper got lost...

He was scrabbling for his pen, which had got lost somewhere under the sheets of paper.

Syn:
mislaid
4) ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ If you feel lost, you feel very uncomfortable because you are in an unfamiliar situation.

Of the funeral he remembered only the cold, the waiting, and feeling very lost...

I feel lost and lonely in a strange town alone.

5) ADJ If you describe a person or group of people as lost, you think that they do not have a clear idea of what they want to do or achieve.

They are a lost generation in search of an identity.

6) ADJ If you describe something as lost, you mean that you no longer have it or it no longer exists.

...their lost homeland.

...a lost job or promotion...

The sense of community is lost...

The riots will also mean lost income for Los Angeles County.

7) ADJ: ADJ n You use lost to refer to a period or state of affairs that existed in the past and no longer exists.

He seemed to pine for his lost youth...

They are links to a lost age.

...the relics of a lost civilisation.

Syn:
8) ADJ: usu v-link ADJ If something is lost, it is not used properly and is considered wasted.

Fox is not bitter about the lost opportunity to compete in the Games...

The advantage is lost.

Syn:
9) PHRASE If you tell someone to get lost, you are telling them in a very rude way to go away. [RUDE]
10) PHRASE: V inflects, PHR n If advice or a comment is lost on someone, they do not understand it or they pay no attention to it.

The meaning of that was lost on me...

This was a neighborhood where clearly you could be murdered for a pack of cigarettes, a fact that was not lost on me.

11) PHRASE: V inflects If you are lost in thought, you give all your attention to what you are thinking about and do not notice what is going on around you.

She was silent for a while, lost in thought, staring at the books littering the room.

12) PHRASE: V inflects If you say that you would be lost without someone or something, you mean that you would be unhappy or unable to work properly without them.

I'd be lost without you here...

I love the game and I'd be lost without golf now.


English dictionary. 2008.

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