Lose is a verb. It means to misplace, forget, no longer find or be deprived of something or someone, or to fail to win something (that is, nawala).


  • When giving a speech, do not lose your audience by using complicated language.
  • The trick is not to lose momentum.

Loose is an adjective. It refers to something unsteady, wobbly or not firmly fixed (that is, maluwag or hiwalay-hiwalay).


  • The department secretary dropped the envelope, and loose sheets fell out.
  • He wore a loose shirt.

But wait!

Loose can also be a verb, which means to release something or untie something (that is, pakawalan or luwagan).


  • The guards loosed the Rottweiler on the intruders.
  • The President’s SONA loosed a tide of nationalism among his hearers.

When loose as a verb means to make something less tight, it might be better to use loosen.


  • He won the tournament by loosening his grip on the racquet.
  • Loosen your pants so you could eat more.

Lost can be a past tense verb and an adjective.


Do check out the dictionaries for other meanings of these words. And let me know if my translations need more work (help out a Cebuana!).

Photo credit: Instituto Ciencia Hoje



2 thoughts on “Loose, lose, lost

    • It’s beautiful, is it not? If I’m not mistaken, that’s a photo of the underwater sculpture “The Lost Correspondent” by Jason deCaires Taylorr, and it’s found in the West Indies.

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