• Forlese


    • IPA: /fɔːˈliːz/

    Alternative forms


    From Middle English forlesen, from Old English forlēosan ("to lose, abandon, let go, destroy, ruin"), equivalent to - + lese. Cognate with Scots forlore ("to lose"), Dutch verliezen ("to lose"), German verlieren ("to lose"), Swedish förlisa ("to be lost"), Swedish förlora ("to lose").

    Full definition of forlese


    1. (transitive, obsolete) To lose entirely or completely.
    2. (transitive, obsolete) To destroy, kill.
    3. (transitive, obsolete) To abandon, forsake.
      • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.4:Soone as they bene arriv'd upon the brim
        Of the Rich Strond, their charets they forlore ....
    4. (transitive, obsolete) To bereave; deprive.

    Usage notes

    Survives in the derived participle adjective forlorn.

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