The Grammar GuideSpellingWhat is the difference between 'loss' and 'lose'?

What is the difference between 'loss' and 'lose'?

What is the difference between 'loss' and 'lose'?

The words loss and lose are often confused because they have a similar spelling. But what is the difference?

Loss means an instance of losing, such as a defeat when used as a noun.

Lose means to cause (something) to cease to be in one's possession or capability due to unfortunate or unknown circumstances, events or reasons when used as a verb.

A good way to remember the difference is Lose ends in a vowel because it's an action.

Out of the two words, 'loss' is the most common. It appears about two times more frequently than 'lose'.



It's easy to confuse the noun and verb forms of words, especially when they are spelled very similarly.

Loss is a noun that means "something that is lost, a detriment."

Lose is a verb that means "to come to be without something, to fail to retain."

Is the expression 'net operating loss deduction' or 'net operating lose deduction'?

The right phrase is 'net operating loss deduction'. These phrases are often confused because they have a similar spelling.

Is the correct phrase 'the loss of the' or 'the lose of the'?

The correct expression is 'the loss of the'. These phrases are often confused because they appear similar.

Is the expression 'net operating loss carryover' or 'net operating lose carryover'?

The correct phrase is 'net operating loss carryover'. These phrases are often confused because they have a similar spelling.

Is the expression 'at a loss to' or 'at a lose to'?

The correct phrase is 'at a loss to'. These phrases are often confused because they are easy to mistype.

Which is right 'for the loss of' or 'for the lose of'?

The correct expression is 'for the loss of'. These phrases are often confused because they look similar.

What's the correct phrase 'lose your lunch' or 'loss your lunch'?

The right expression is 'lose your lunch'. These phrases are often confused because they appear similar.

What's the right phrase 'lose your shirt' or 'loss your shirt'?

The correct expression is 'lose your shirt'. These phrases are often confused because they are easy to mistype.

Should it be 'lose your mind' or 'loss your mind'?

The correct phrase is 'lose your mind'. These phrases are often confused because they have a similar spelling.

Some synonyms of loss are: casualty, death, defeat, deficit, misfortune, failure.

Some synonyms of lose are: misplace, fail, forget.

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The definitions in this article were adapted from Wiktionary.

Dictionary Definition of lossDictionary Definition of lose

Examples of loss in a sentence

But just to hear the grace depart I never thought to see, Afflicts me with a double loss;
- The collected poems of Emily Dickinson by Emily Dickinson; Rachel Wetzsteon
Borys insisted the loss wasn’t a problem, so long as the Lens wasn’t near Ur Draxa.
- The Rise and Fall of a Dragonking by Lynn Abbey
The great loss of her life.
- Mystery Bride by B. J. Daniels
Im very sorry for your loss.
- Nothing gold can stay by Dana Stabenow
I thought you should know—it wasn’t a total loss.”
- The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

Examples of lose in a sentence

I'll lose everything this time.
- The heart of Devin MacKade by Nora Roberts
A man can lose a third of his life in sleep.
- Demon Lord of Karanda by David Eddings
Excellent—didn’t lose anyone along the way!
- The Hound of Rowan by Henry H. Neff
His hands were numb, and he knew that he could lose his grip at any second.
- Beyond belief by Roy Johansen
But sometimes, you know, when you get too hungry, you lose your appetite;
- Cropper's cabin by Jim Thompson

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