miss

verb
\ˈmis \
missed; missing; misses

Definition of miss 

(Entry 1 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to fail to hit, reach, or contact miss the target

2 : to discover or feel the absence of missed his wallet as soon as he entered the store

3 : to fail to obtain ignorance misses the best things in this life— W. R. Inge

4 : escape, avoid just missed hitting the other car

5 : to leave out : omit in such a hurry that he missed his breakfast

6 : to fail to comprehend, sense, or experience missed the point of the speech

7 : to fail to perform or attend had to miss school for a week

intransitive verb

1 archaic : to fail to get, reach, or do something

2 : to fail to hit something took another cut at the ball but missed again

3a : to be unsuccessful such a fine prospect that he can't miss

b : misfire the engine missed

miss a beat

: to deviate from regular smooth performance the company changed ownership without missing a beat

miss out on

: to lose a good opportunity for missed out on a better job

miss the boat

: to fail to take advantage of an opportunity

miss

noun (1)

Definition of miss (Entry 2 of 4)

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

2a : a failure to hit

b : a failure to attain a desired result

3 : misfire

miss

noun (2)

Definition of miss (Entry 3 of 4)

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

3 : a young unmarried woman or girl

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

Definition of Miss (Entry 4 of 4)

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Other Words from miss

Verb

missable \ ˈmi-​sə-​bəl \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for miss

Synonyms: Verb

bomb, collapse, fail, flop, flunk, fold, founder, tank, wash out

Antonyms: Verb

click, come off, deliver, go, go over, pan out, succeed, work out

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Examples of miss in a Sentence

Verb

He swung and missed the ball completely. The shot missed the goal by inches. The batter swung and missed. She took three shots and missed every time. I would hate to miss this opportunity. She could have joined us, but she missed her chance. They missed a payment on their car loan. He was in such a hurry that he missed breakfast.
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First Known Use of miss

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (1)

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for miss

Verb

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

Noun (2)

short for mistress

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miss

verb

English Language Learners 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)

miss

verb
\ˈmis \
missed; missing

Kids Definition of miss

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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

2 : escape entry 1 sense 2 She just missed being hit by the car.

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

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

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

6 : to fail to be present for miss school

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

miss

noun

Kids Definition of miss (Entry 2 of 4)

: failure to hit or catch

miss

noun

Kids Definition of miss (Entry 3 of 4)

1 capitalized used as a title before the name of an unmarried woman Miss Smith

2 : young lady

Hint: Miss is used without a name as a form of polite address to a girl or young woman.
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Miss.

abbreviation

Kids Definition of Miss.

Mississippi

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