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Lose vs. Loose - definitions

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Hey's time for a little "educamation."

This is big, GINORMOUS pet peeve of mine...and for some reason, people either do not know or care to know the difference between the 2 words listed above, nor how to use them's as good as the pet peeve of people not using the correct they're, their, or there in a sentence for me....and your or you're for that matter (while I happen to be on the subject) It's in the same vein of annoyance for me.

So to help you all out, please, read on:

WORD: lose

Definition of lose - pronunciation (looz) VERB
1. transitive verb have something taken away: to cease to possess or have something such as a job or home
2. transitive verb make somebody forfeit something: to be the cause of somebody's failure to obtain, win, or maintain something
"a mistake that lost us the game"
3. transitive verb mislay something: to be unable to find something, often only temporarily
4. transitive and intransitive verb fail to win: to fail to win a victory at something, e.g. in a contest, argument, war, game, or in court
5. transitive and intransitive verb earn less money than you spend: to be worse off, or worse off by a particular amount of money, as the result of a financial transaction or through expenditure exceeding income
"lost millions when the stock markets crashed"
"will lose on the deal"
6. transitive verb experience reduction in something: to experience a reduction in something such as weight or heat
7. transitive verb cease having quality: to cease having a quality, belief, attitude, or characteristic
"He's lost the will to live."
8. transitive verb cease having ability or sense: to cease having an ability or sense, e.g. through illness or an accident
"lose your sight"
9. transitive verb not use something to advantage: to waste or fail to take advantage of something such as time or an opportunity
10. transitive verb be unable to control something: to be unable to control an emotion or to maintain composure
"He loses his temper easily."
"He finally lost patience with them."
11. transitive verb have loved one die: to suffer the loss of somebody through death, e.g. a loved one, a patient, or a baby before term
12. transitive verb leave somebody following behind: to escape from or leave behind somebody who is in pursuit
13. transitive verb no longer see or hear somebody: to be unable to see or hear somebody or something any longer
14. transitive verb confuse somebody: to fail to make somebody understand something
"You've lost me there."
15. transitive verb dispose of something: to get rid of something or somebody that is unwanted or undesirable
"Lose that extra space on the left."
16. transitive and intransitive verb run slow: to be or become slow by an amount of time (refers to timepieces )

Definition loose - pronunciation: (looss)

loos·er comparative
loos·est superlative

1. not firmly attached: not firmly fastened or fixed in place
"a loose floorboard"
2. slack: not fastened or pulled tight
"a loose knot"
3. not tight-fitting: not fitting closely and thus baggy
4. free: allowed to move around freely without any restraint
"broke loose"
5. not packaged: not enclosed in a container or bound together
"loose tea"
6. not firmly packed: not compact or dense in texture or arrangement
"loose soil"
7. imprecise: not exact, literal, or precise
"a loose translation"
8. flexible: not strictly controlled or organized
"a loose arrangement"
9. available: not earmarked for a particular purpose
"loose funds"
10. irresponsible: lacking restraint or a sense of propriety
"loose talk"
11. too fluid: too fluid in consistency
"characterized by stomach cramps and loose stools"
12. accompanied by phlegm: accompanied by the production of phlegm or mucus
"a loose cough"
13. relaxed: relaxed or free from tension ( informal )
14. promiscuous: having many sexual partners ( dated ) ( disapproving )
loos·er comparative
loos·est superlative
1. freely: freely or without restraint

loosed past and past participle
loos·ing present participle
loos·es 3rd person present singular

1. transitive verb set somebody or something free: to release a person or animal from restraint or confinement
2. transitive verb untie knot: to undo, untie, or unfasten something
3. transitive and intransitive verb make something less tight: to make something less tight, or be made less tight
4. transitive verb release somebody from obligation: to release somebody from an obligation or pressure
5. transitive and intransitive verb fire missile: to fire an arrow, bullet, or other missile

(12th century. Old Norse lauss, Germanic)
loose·ly ADVERB
loose·ness NOUN
be on the loose

1. to be free from confinement, e.g. a prison

2. to be free from responsibilities and having a good time (informal)
let loose to obtain relief from tension or worry (informal)

(now THIS NEXT PART is the best!!!)

loose or lose? Lose is a verb only, meaning variously "to mislay," "to fail to win," etc., as in Don't lose [not loose] possession of the ball, or you'll lose the game. Loose is an adjective, adverb, and verb. As an adjective it means variously "not firmly fixed," "not restrained," etc., as in loose [not lose] floorboards; loose [not lose] dogs running through the alley. As an adverb it means "freely," as in dogs running loose [not lose]. As a verb it means variously "to untie," "to make less tight," and "to fire a projectile," as in loosed her grip; loosed the taut anchor line; loosed a volley of arrows.

emoticon pet peeve is out in the open for all to behold. Millions of times a day, these 2 words are written incorrectly by millions of Sparkers/people worldwide - I get it, but maybe if 5 people read this, then maybe 1 will be corrected. At least I did my part to fix the issue at hand! LoL
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    OMG - (kinda hate that silly term but . . . ) - Thank You Thank You Thank You!

    These errors drive me crazy, and I try to just bite my tongue, but it's painful. It's a different issue from a typo, it's a bsatardization of the English language, and it bugs.

    OK. Time to move my rant on down the road.

    3188 days ago
    I soooooooo understand what you are saying!
    3217 days ago
    I agree, but there are many more words that people don't use correctly that bother me more, I guess the pet one of mine is to and too! Why don't people get it that too means too much, and to means to go somewhere? It is simple to me!

    Also, few and less. Less refers to "less water", etc., something that can't be counted. few refers to a few people or fewer people, something you CAN count. I hate it when it is written "less people" (?????)

    Also, your, which shows possession, such as your hat, and you're, which is a contraction for you are, such as "you're really doing well" NOT "your really doing well" There are a lot more, but just can't think of them, now!

    I can sympathize! emoticon
    3218 days ago
    To be honest, I thought the blog would be totally different! I thought you would talk about all the things that become "loose" once you "lose" too much weight!!! See what happens when the mind is preoccupied?
    emoticon emoticon
    Anyway, I'm always a big supporter of the right use of languages - written and spoken - and, since English is not my native language, I try to be very careful. So, I'm with you!
    3218 days ago
    emoticon emoticon Knew exactly what this blog was going to be about just by reading the title...though I was not expecting a mini-Mirriam Webster of information.

    I agree with you on all points and find that I have to be careful of your and you're if I'm writing too quickly (and can we also through too and to into the mix, just sayin').

    Have you ever noticed where the folks live that use 'loose' the most? I'm on teams with a good number of Canadians and British and they seem to frequently use loose instead of lose. I've begun to believe that it might somehow be correct Queen's English usage for them. Otherwise I have no explanation.
    Good luck with your campaign emoticon
    3218 days ago
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