A person who is beaten by the competition, loses to the winner. Losing is the opposite of winning. The word "lose" is an irregular verb:
- How many games have they lost this year? (This question is in the present perfect tense.)
- Their team never loses a game.
- Michael Phelps lost the race, but he still won a medal.
- The Cubs are losing right now, but they have a chance to make a comeback this inning.
- She lost the race but kept her dignity.
- It’s not whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game that really matters. (This is a popular saying in the U.S.)
When this word is in the form of a noun, it becomes "loss."
- They have three losses and five wins.
- His loss was incredible, but he’s okay.
- We don’t consider this a loss; instead, we think of it as an opportunity for improvement.
- I’m so sorry for your loss. (This is something you can say when someone you know loses a family member to death.)
A person who loses constantly is called a "loser." The "s" in "loser" is a "z" sound. In some situtions, the word "loser" is a little derogatory and its use may be intended to hurt a person’s feelings, so be careful how you use it.
- Don is such a loser. He can’t do anything right.
- Don’t hang out with them. They’re losers.
- You loser.
- No one wants to be a loser.
- The losers of the game have to buy drinks for the winners. (In this example, the word "loser" is not derogatory.)
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First published on August 1, 2012
Last update on August 8, 2017