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(MIT) 1. To fail. A program loses when it encounters an exceptional condition or fails to work in the expected manner.

2. To be exceptionally unesthetic or crocky.

3. Of people, to be obnoxious or unusually stupid (as opposed to ignorant).

4. Refers to something that is losing, especially in the phrases "That's a lose!" and "What a lose!"
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Yes; even if a gentleman should lose his whole substance, he must never give way to annoyance.
In his opinion, such conduct would greatly compromise him--especially if I were to lose much.
Nonetheless she insisted that I ought to go halves with her in the day's winnings, and offered me 800 gulden on condition that henceforth, I gambled only on those terms; but I refused to do so, once and for all--stating, as my reason, that I found myself unable to play on behalf of any one else, "I am not unwilling so to do," I added, "but in all probability I should lose.
It contains my money, and other things that I prize far more highly--my mother's letters, and some family relics which I should be very sorry to lose.
Of course it was that very green Shelley which the young stranger wouldn't lose for the world.
To abandon the square was to lose it to his opponent and win for himself ignoble and immediate death before the jeering populace.
The prisoner did not wish to lose time; and she resolved to make that very evening some attempts to ascertain the nature of the ground she had to work upon, by studying the characters of the men to whose guardianship she was committed.
One of the worst loses of the season was an overtime defeat to the Nets.
Here is a perfect illustration of what can happen if an athlete loses weight too quickly: A 200-pound running back who is 20.
1033(g), a property owner who loses rental property can reinvest in a building that is like-kind, which is a broader definition than the functionally similar or related in service or use criterion of Sec.