lose vs loose : Common Errors in English

About lose vs loose

This confusion can easily be avoided if you pronounce the word intended aloud. If it has a voiced Z sound, then it’s “lose.” If it has a hissy S sound, then it’s “loose.” Here are examples of correct usage: “He tends to lose his keys.” “She lets her dog run loose.” Note that when “lose” turns into “losing” it loses its “E.”

lose Meaning(s)

  • (v) fail to keep or to maintain; cease to have, either physically or in an abstract sense
  • (v) fail to win
  • (v) suffer the loss of a person through death or removal
  • (v) place (something) where one cannot find it again
  • (v) miss from one's possessions; lose sight of
  • (v) allow to go out of sight
  • (v) fail to make money in a business; make a loss or fail to profit
  • (v) fail to get or obtain
  • (v) retreat
  • (v) fail to perceive or to catch with the senses or the mind
  • (v) be set at a disadvantage

loose Meaning(s)

  • (v) grant freedom to; free from confinement
  • (v) turn loose or free from restraint
  • (v) make loose or looser
  • (v) become loose or looser or less tight
  • (a) not compact or dense in structure or arrangement
  • (s) (of a ball in sport) not in the possession or control of any player
  • (a) not tight; not closely constrained or constricted or constricting
  • (s) not officially recognized or controlled
  • (s) not literal
  • (s) emptying easily or excessively
  • (a) not affixed
  • (s) not tense or taut
  • (s) (of textures) full of small openings or gaps
  • (s) lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility
  • (s) not carefully arranged in a package
  • (s) having escaped, especially from confinement
  • (s) casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior
  • (r) without restraint

lose in News

  1. Blount schools could lose teachers, staff after voters nix wheel tax

    Blount County Schools could lose up to 84 positions, officials say — from teachers, counselors and teaching assistants to an assistant principal, janitors and maintenance technicians — after voters Tuesday shut down an effort to create a wheel tax by a two-to-one margin.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Knoxville News Sentinel

  2. Nearly 100 teachers to lose jobs in Harford Co.

    Severe budget cuts means dozens of teachers will lose their jobs in Harford County.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: WBAL-TV Baltimore

  3. Don’t forget: “Lose Your Lunch Money” event is today

    The Albertville Chamber of Commerce and “Blessings in a Backpack” invites you to “Lose Your Lunch Money” Wednesday, June 12 at the Albertville Farmer’s Market parking lot as well as the Chamber’s circ
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Sand Mountain Reporter

loose in News

  1. Letter: Loose trailers can kill people

    I can't believe this is small news (recent local Daily Tribune Media crash report of a loose trailer that was involved in a crash that injured one).
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune

  2. Killer on the Loose After Shooting North Natomas Man

    NORTH NATOMAS - A killer is on the loose after shooting and killing a man early Wednesday in North Natomas. Witnesses said they heard about six shots around 2 a.m. on Bankside Way near the East Commerce Way and West …
    on June 12, 2013 Source: FOX40 Sacramento

  3. Loose Puggle

    3:36 p.m. A Hungry Horse woman reported that her neighbor’s loose Pomeranian nipped at her numerous times. An animal warden picked the dog up and put it in into its fenced yard. 6:19 p.m. An employee of a ranch supply store in Kalispell reported that a “puggle” and a golden retriever had been loose in the store for at least two hours. An animal warden picked them up and took them to the shelter.
    on June 10, 2013 Source: Flathead Beacon

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