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Loose vs. Lose

Learning the Differences between Loose and Lose

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Loose vs. Lose

Not fastened or attached firmly. The car wouldn't start because of a loose wire.
Free. The dog was loose in the street.
Not fitting tightly, as in loose pants.
Not contained or bound together, as in loose papers.
Not placed or packed tightly together, as in loose gravel or a loose weave.

If you lose something, you do not have it anymore.
To fail to keep or hold onto something. Don't lose your temper.
To fail to keep or hold onto something. Don't lose your temper.
To be beaten or defeated in a game, argument, etc.
To waste. The hikers will lose time if they stop to pick flowers.
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