The next word in our vocabulary boost series is LOSE. LOSE is a high frequency verb that can be used as a synonym of fail to keep or win, forget, not understand or waste. There are numerous collocations and phrasal verbs that are formed using LOSE.
As recommended in our START method (HERE), you should always learn vocabulary as a short phrase and relate new words to synonyms and use them. Click (HERE) and (HERE) for advice on how to learn more vocabulary and HERE for an example of a great strategy to learn new words.
BE CAREFUL: LOSE AND MISS CAN BE VERY SIMILAR. REMEMBER WE DO NOT SAY LOSE A TRAIN OR BUS. WE USE MISS A TRAIN/BUS. See our post on miss (HERE)
To learn new collocations and word patterns you should create phrases using them and also do exercises (HERE)
Have nothing to lose
Lose track of time
Be at a loss
Make a loss
Lose your way
Lose your temper = get angry
Lose your mind/marbles = go crazy
Lose interest in something
Lose your patience
Lose your touch – forget how to do something
The learning of phrasal verbs is best done using this method (HERE)
Lose out – not have an advantage/be at a disadvantage
We will lose out if we do not follow the guidelines properly
Lose out on – miss an opportunity
We lost out on the chance of winning the competition
Lose out to – not be as successful
If you cannot speak English, you will probably lose out on good job opportunities.
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To learn how to use LOSE you need to practice and put these words and collocations into your own words to be able to remember them.