Past Tense For Lose: Losed or Lost? (Pronunciation & Usage)

By Benjamin Essek

What Is The Past Tense For Lose?

Once you have known the insights into “arise” in the past tense and how to modify it into the 12 tenses, can you do the same well with “lose”? 

But what is the past tense of lose? Quick answer: It is an irregular verb with L-O-S-E pronunciation (infinitive verb).

“Lost” is the past-tense form of this verb, spelled L-O-S-T.

Interestingly, the lose past participle emerges in the same way as its past-tense form.

Take a quick look at this table and clarify and let WikiGrammar describes five different styles of this verb:

Base/Infinitive Form (V1) lose
Present Form/3rd Person/Singular Form loses
Past Form (V2) lost
Past Participle Form (V3) lost
Present Participle/Gerund losing

Let this short video throw the light on the lesson: 

If you are wondering about the 12 different verb tenses of this term, please visit this online resource to overview the distinctions and modifications between active and passive voices.

How Can I Spell This Verb In Different Forms? 

You may get insights into how to enunciate this verb in a range of English dialects by consulting the Oxford English Dictionary, which is available online.

Don’t bother looking any further; just instantly start practicing with the table below:

Form of word Pronunciation
British English language American English


lose /luːz/ /luːz/
loses /ˈluːzɪz/ /ˈluːzɪz/
Lost (V2 + V3) /lɔːst/ /lɔːst/
losing /ˈluːzɪŋ/ /ˈluːzɪŋ/

What Is The Meaning Of “Lose Past Tense”? – Examples And How To Use

Look this verb up in a dictionary, preferably one you can access online, and see what you find. Examining the following definitions and examples can enhance your grammar skills. Check them out:

  1. To be unable to look for or find.
  • She lost the key on the way to work yesterday.
  • My sibling has recently lost his pens in the classroom.
  1. To have less ability and quality, notably when you no longer have it.
  • The median lost the ability to make audiences laugh out loud.
  • He’s a well-known actor who has lost the ability to attract audiences.
  1. To fail to keep stuff or something you like, especially money.
  • The business lost financially as the strategies fell through.
  • The woman had already lost financially due to her severe disease.
  1. To have somebody/something taken away from you due to death or an accident.
  • The patient lost his leg in that car crash.
  • The poor student had lost her mother due to a catastrophic accident. 
  1. To no longer have something due to getting older.
  • Those who lost weight in this schedule could receive numerous benefits.
  • The children had lost their good old days since they grew older.
  1. To have to give up or fail to keep something.
  • We lost lots of senior staff members.
  • That group has lost about 10 active participants.
  1. To be defeated or fail to win a competition.
  • Many firmly believe the incident lost his chance to win the game.
  • Jane had just lost a dreamy opportunity to conquer the competition.
  1. To escape from something/somebody.
  • Anna said that she lost the dark shadow behind the darkness.
  • Fortunately, the victims had already lost the murder.

Quick Exercises: Choose The Correct Options

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Past Tense For Lose

For fostering your language skills, these shorter sentences should be off to a great start:

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She moved close to the bars and sat, never ………… his gaze, then tilted her head and let out a soft whimper.

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Was he being sarcastic, or was he still miffed about ……… the mules?

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It's well that the charitable Prussian ladies send us two pounds of coffee and some lint each month, or we should be ……..! he laughed.

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We seem to have ……….. our stomach for these things.

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She ………. all her money just because she fails the game. After that, she feels extremely regrettable, but nothing can return as usual.

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The ship sailed away and was soon ………… to sight.

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The gaze ……... its humor and he grimaced.

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What Is The Noun Of “Lose”?

The correct answer is “loss”, which appears as a countable and uncountable noun. Being a noun, it comes up with several definitions:  

  1. Fail to conquer a competition or contest.
  2. The disadvantage is caused when somebody leaves or when handy or valuable stuff is taken away.
  3. A person’s death.
  4. Money that was already lost by an organization or a business.
  5. The condition of no longer having or not having as much of something as before.

What Did You Lose Or Loss?

Especially when the noun and verb forms of a word are spelled identically to one another, it is simple to mix the two forms of the word, causing grammar errors.

The word “loss” as a noun is “anything that is lost, a detriment.” To “come to be without something” or “fail to maintain something” is the meaning of the verb “lose.”

Was Lost Or Is Lost?

Grammatically speaking, neither one of those options is correct as they use the past participle forms of “lose” in these two passive sentences.

What Type Of Word Is Lost?

While “arise” is just a verb, the word “lost” may function either as an adjective or a verb.