Word of the Day: Lost

lost / lôst,last


1. no longer possessed

Count not what is lost but what is left.

Chinese Proverb


2. not claimed or made use of

Hours once lost cannot be regained.

Yugoslavian Proverb


3. desperate; morally or physically ruined or destroyed

Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.

Henry David Thoreau, 1817-1862


4. having gone astray

Not all those who wander are lost.

J. R. R. Tolkien, 1892-1973


5. not able to be found

History is a box of tricks with a lost key.

Carl Sandburg, 1878-1967


6. having ended in defeat

Every struggle, whether won or lost, strengthens us for the next to come.

Victorio, 1825-1880


7. preoccupied

Don’t get lost in your pain, know that one day your pain will become your cure.

Rumi, 1207-1273


8. wasted

A day is lost if one has not laughed.

French Proverb


9. futile

Lost causes are the only ones worth fighting for.

Clarence Darrow, 1857-1938


10. overlooked during a process

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.

Robert Frost, 1874-1938



1. simple past tense and past participle of lose

You are unique, and if that is not fulfilled, then something has been lost.

Martha Graham, 1894-1991