Definition of "lost" [lost]

  • Past tense and past participle of lose. (verb)
  • Unable to find one's way: a lost child. (adjective)
  • No longer in the possession, care, or control of someone or something: a lost pen. (adjective)
  • No longer in existence; vanished or spent: lost youth. (adjective)
  • No longer known or practiced: a lost art. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "lost" in a sentence
  • "The dance for which many a princeling lost his kingdom..lost his wife home and family."
  • "It would be terrible _to be lost to have been lost_ in the forest."
  • "And again, he adviseth to circumspection and care, even in the smallest matters; because, sometimes, _A little neglect may breed great mischief_; adding, _for want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe the horse was lost; and for want of a horse the rider was lost_; being overtaken and slain by the enemy; all for want of a little care about a horseshoe nail!"