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Middle English forlesen, from Old English forlēosan (to lose, abandon, let go, destroy, ruin), from Proto-Germanic *fraleusaną. Equivalent to for- +‎ lese. Cognate with Scots forlore (to lose), Dutch verliezen (to lose), German verlieren (to lose), Swedish förlisa (to be lost), Swedish förlora (to lose).



forlese (third-person singular simple present forleses, present participle forlesing, simple past forlore, past participle forlorn)

  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[edit]

Survives in the derived participle adjective forlorn.