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miss

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verb \ˈmis\

Simple Definition of miss

  • : to fail to hit, catch, reach, or get (something)

  • : to fail to use (something, such as an opportunity)

  • : to fail to do, take, make, or have (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of miss

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to fail to hit, reach, or contact <miss the target>

  3. 2 :  to discover or feel the absence of

  4. 3 :  to fail to obtain

  5. 4 :  escape, avoid <just missed hitting the other car>

  6. 5 :  to leave out :  omit

  7. 6 :  to fail to comprehend, sense, or experience <missed the point of the speech>

  8. 7 :  to fail to perform or attend <had to miss school for a week>

  9. intransitive verb
  10. 1 archaic :  to fail to get, reach, or do something

  11. 2 :  to fail to hit something

  12. 3 a :  to be unsuccessful b :  misfire <the engine missed>

missable play \ˈmi-sə-bəl\ adjective
miss a beat
  1. :  to deviate from regular smooth performance <the company changed ownership without missing a beat>

miss out on
  1. :  to lose a good opportunity for <missed out on a better job>

miss the boat
  1. :  to fail to take advantage of an opportunity

Examples of miss in a sentence

  1. He swung and missed the ball completely.

  2. The shot missed the goal by inches.

  3. The batter swung and missed.

  4. She took three shots and missed every time.

  5. I would hate to miss this opportunity.

  6. She could have joined us, but she missed her chance.

  7. They missed a payment on their car loan.

  8. He was in such a hurry that he missed breakfast.



Origin of miss

Middle English, from Old English missan; akin to Old High German missan to miss


First Known Use: before 12th century


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miss

noun

Definition of miss

  1. 1 chiefly dialect :  disadvantage or regret resulting from loss <we know the miss of you, and even hunger … to see you — Samuel Richardson>

  2. 2 a :  a failure to hit b :  a failure to attain a desired result

  3. 3 :  misfire



12th Century

First Known Use of miss

12th century


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miss

noun

Definition of miss

  1. 1 capitalized a —used as a title prefixed to the name of an unmarried woman or girl b —used before the name of a place or of a line of activity or before some epithet to form a title for a usually young unmarried female who is representative of the thing indicated <Miss America>

  2. 2 :  young lady —used without a name as a conventional term of address to a young woman

  3. 3 :  a young unmarried woman or girl

  4. 4 plural :  a clothing size for women of average height and build



Origin of miss

short for mistress


First Known Use: 1667

Other Forms of Address Terms


Miss

abbreviation

Definition of Miss





MISS Defined for Kids

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miss

play
verb \ˈmis\

Definition of miss for Students

missedmissing

  1. 1 :  to fail to hit, catch, reach, or get <miss a target> <miss a deadline>

  2. 2 :  1escape 2 <She just missed being hit by the car.>

  3. 3 :  to fail to arrive in time for <Don't miss the bus!>

  4. 4 :  to feel or notice the absence of <I'm enjoying the trip, but I miss my friends.>

  5. 5 :  to fail to take <I missed my turn.> <Don't miss this opportunity.>

  6. 6 :  to fail to be present for <miss school>

  7. 7 :  to fail to hear or see <I missed what he said.> <It's huge. You can't miss it.>




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miss

play
noun

Definition of miss for Students

  1. :  failure to hit or catch




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miss

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noun

Definition of miss for Students

  1. 1 cap —used as a title before the name of an unmarried woman <Miss Smith>

  2. 2 :  young lady Hint: Miss is used without a name as a form of polite address to a girl or young woman. <Do you need some help, miss?>





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