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miss

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verb \ˈmis\

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 missed his wallet as soon as he entered the store

  4. 3 :  to fail to obtain ignorance misses the best things in this life — W. R. Inge

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

  6. 5 :  to leave out :  omit in such a hurry that he missed his breakfast

  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 took another cut at the ball but missed again

  12. 3a :  to be unsuccessful such a fine prospect that he can't missb :  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 and Etymology of miss

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


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miss

noun

Definition of miss

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

  2. 2a :  a failure to hitb :  a failure to attain a desired result

  3. 3 :  misfire

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 girlb —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 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

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verb

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

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verb \ˈmis\

Definition of miss for Students

missed

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missing

  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

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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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