lose / loose

Lose is a verb; it is the opposite of “win” and also the opposite of “find.”

  • The baseball team is losing 5-2.
  • I lost my favorite hat. I can’t find it anywhere!

    Loose is an adjective, it is the opposite of “tight.”

  • These pants are too loose – I’ll need to wear a belt.
  • My seven-year-old daughter has a loose tooth; it will probably fall out soon.

    In lose, the “s” sounds like a “z.” In loose, the “s” sounds like an “s.”