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lose (in old edd. freq. spelt “loose”)
1. to destroy, ruin 1H4 I. iii. 88, H8 III. i. 106, Ham. III. ii. 207 “What to ourselves in passion we propose, The passion ending, doth the purpose lose,” Cym. II. iv. 59 “gains or loses Your sword or mine” ; to ruin in estimation Lr. I. i. 236 “Hath lost me in your liking.” See also LOST.
2. to forget LLL. IV. iii. 73 “lose an oath,” MND. I. i. 114 “being over-full of self-affairs, My mind did lose it,” H8 II. i. 57 “go home and lose me,” Ven. 408, Lucr. 1580; (?) refl. in Err. I. ii. 30.
3. to cause (a person) the loss of Tw.N. II. ii. 21, Lr. I. ii. 129 “it shall lose thee nothing.”
4. to miss (one's aim) Ant. IV. xii. [xiv.] 71
5. refl. to lose one's wits Ant. I. ii. 126.
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