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miss

verb \ ˈmis \

Definition of miss

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
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
3 a : to be unsuccessful
  • such a fine prospect that he can't miss
b : misfire
  • the engine missed

missable

play \ˈmi-sə-bəl\ adjective
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

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 and Etymology of miss

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

miss Synonyms

Near Antonyms

cook, flourish, prosper, thrive;

prevail, triumph, win;

Phrases

come a cropper, come to grief, come up empty, die on the vine, fall flat, fall on one's face, fall short, lay an egg;


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miss

noun

Definition of miss

1 chiefly dialectal : disadvantage or regret resulting from loss
  • we know the miss of you, and even hunger … to see you
  • —Samuel Richardson
2 a : a failure to hit
b : a failure to attain a desired result
3 : misfire

First Known Use of miss

12th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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miss

noun

Definition of miss

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

Origin and Etymology of miss

short for mistress

Other Forms of Address Terms


Miss

abbreviation

Definition of Miss


MISS Defined for English Language Learners

miss

Definition of miss for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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miss

verb \ ˈmis \

Definition of miss for Students

missed; missing
1 : to fail to hit, catch, reach, or get
  • miss a target
  • miss a deadline
2 : 1escape 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.

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miss

noun

Definition of miss for Students

: failure to hit or catch

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miss

noun

Definition of miss for Students

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.
  • Do you need some help, miss?

Miss.

abbreviation

Definition of Miss. for Students

Mississippi


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