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What is another word for losing?

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Unsuccessful, having failed
“It's incredible that your opponent would stoop to such low gutter tactics in a last-minute effort and desperate attempt to salvage a losing campaign.”
Having little to no chance of success
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“Degroat tried swinging his massive arm from side to side in a losing attempt at keeping the owls at bay.”
Having been defeated in a contest
The fact or process of losing something or someone
The loss or forfeit of property or rights, such as by legal action
The squandering of money, energy or resources
Present participle for to be unable to find something or someone
“Tim would lose his keys in all the clutter that had piled up on his desk.”
Present participle for to inadvertently drop or leave something or someone behind
“I would lose my headphones on the train before I disembarked because I wasn't paying attention.”
(of a game or contest) Present participle for to fail to win
“He would lose to his opponent, but at least he gave it his best.”
Present participle for to cease to have or retain something
“Stacey would lose a lot of money in bad investments, but would be the wiser for it.”
Present participle for to cause (someone) to be unable to pursue one any longer
“Justin Bieber jumped into his limousine and managed to lose his horde of screaming fans as it sped off.”
Present participle for to wander or go astray from
“We would lose the trail during our hike for a brief moment before finding our way again.”
(lose oneself) Present participle for to lose one's sense of direction
“Be careful in the thick jungle as it is very easy to lose yourself in there.”
(of time or an opportunity) Present participle for to fail to take advantage of
“Do not lose your chance at this opportunity that only comes around once in a lifetime.”
Present participle for to involve or engage in deeply
“You better lose yourself in the music, the moment you own it, you better never let it go.”
(informal) Present participle for to get rid off
“I suggest you lose the gaudy shirt and dress with a little more class for your date tonight.”
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