1 adjective
1 CANNOT BE FOUND something that is lost is something you had but cannot now find; missing: The lost file eventually turned up among Branson's papers.
2 CANNOT FIND YOUR WAY unable to find your way or not knowing where you are: Police are generally happy to give directions to lost tourists. | get lost (=become lost): I got thoroughly lost on the way here.
3 WASTED (only before noun) not used properly; wasted: It'll be impossible to make up the lost time. | lost opportunities/chances etc: lost market opportunities
4 feel/be lost (in the crowd) to not feel confident about what to do or how to behave, especially among people you do not know: Will your child feel lost at a nursery?
5 Get lost! spoken used to tell someone rudely to go away
6 IN THOUGHT ETC (not before noun) thinking so hard about something or being so interested in something that you do not notice what is happening around you
(+ in): I was lost in the beauty of the scenery. | lost in thought: Poirot remained lost in thought. | lost to the world: Alex sat reading, lost to the world.
7 get lost (in sth) to be forgotten or not noticed in a complicated process or busy time: It's easy for your main points to get lost in a long speech.
8 NOT UNDERSTAND be lost to be completely confused by a complicated explanation: "Did you understand the instructions?" "No, I'm totally lost."
9 be lost on sb if something is lost on someone, they do not understand or want to accept it: All my warnings were completely lost on Beth.
10 be lost for words to be unable to say anything because you are very surprised, upset etc: It's not often Glenda's lost for words.
11 NOT EXISTING not existing or owned any more: the lost dreams of her youth
12 DESTROYED/KILLED destroyed, ruined, or killed: lost at sea/lost in battle etc: The whole crew was lost at sea.
13 a lost cause something that has no chance of succeeding: Trying to interest my son in classical music is a lost cause.
14 lost soul often humorous someone who does not seem know where they are or what to do
-see also: give sb up for dead/lost etc give 1, make up for lost time make 1, there is no love lost between love 2 (11) 2 the past tense and past participle of lose

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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