lose vs loose :

lose or 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.”

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  • 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

  • v  grant freedom to; free from confinement
  • v  turn loose or free from restraint
    let loose mines
  • v  make loose or looser
    loosen the tension on a rope
  • v  become loose or looser or less tight
    The noose loosened
  • a  not compact or dense in structure or arrangement
    loose gravel
  • s  (of a ball in sport) not in the possession or control of any player
    a loose ball
  • a  not tight; not closely constrained or constricted or constricting
    loose clothing
    the large shoes were very loose
  • s  not officially recognized or controlled
    a loose organization of the local farmers
  • s  not literal
    a loose interpretation of what she had been told
  • s  emptying easily or excessively
    loose bowels
  • a  not affixed
    the stamp came loose
  • s  not tense or taut
    the old man's skin hung loose and grey
  • s  (of textures) full of small openings or gaps
    a loose weave
  • s  lacking a sense of restraint or responsibility
    a loose tongue
  • s  not carefully arranged in a package
    a box of loose nails
  • s  having escaped, especially from confinement
    dogs loose on the streets
    criminals on the loose in the neighborhood
  • s  casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior
    he was told to avoid loose (or light) women
  • r  without restraint
    cows in India are running loose
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