miss·​ing | \ ˈmi-siŋ How to pronounce missing (audio) \

Definition of missing

: absent also : lost missing in action

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Synonyms & Antonyms for missing


gone, lost, mislaid, misplaced


owned, possessed, retained

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Examples of missing in a Sentence

The new director has provided the missing ingredient that was needed for the show's success. the missing socks turned up in the dog's special hiding place

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Oh yeah, Vincent Janssen, the guy that went missing after one underwhelming season with Spurs. SI.com, "Transfer Rumours: Man Utd Close on Maguire Alternative, Spurs Chase £30m Leeds Midfielder & More," 13 July 2019 Police have searched the home several times before in the months since Spurlock went missing. Fox News, "Kentucky police, FBI searching home linked to Savannah Spurlock's disappearance," 11 July 2019 Burda was arrested last week, nearly a year after Day, 76, went missing. oregonlive.com, "Handyman arraigned Monday in former Mouseketeer’s death in Oregon," 8 July 2019 During the move, two sterling silver sets with a total value in excess of $10,000 went missing, police said. Brian L. Cox, chicagotribune.com, "Blotter: Mover charged with felony theft in Wilmette," 7 July 2019 The search for a kayaker who went missing overnight has resumed in Limestone County Thursday morning. Christopher Harress | Charress@al.com, al.com, "Search for missing Limestone County kayaker continues," 4 July 2019 Rescuers using a drone searched for David Smith, a 57-year-old Fort Collins man, who went missing Sunday afternoon during a rafting trip on the Poudre River in Larimer County. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Clear Creek tubing, swimming and body surfing banned as death toll on Colorado waterways continues to rise," 1 July 2019 Amofah, known across social media as Etika, went missing last week after posting a video detailing his struggles with suicidal ideations that concerned his fans. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Body Recovered From NYC's East River During Search For Missing YouTuber Etika," 25 June 2019 In late February, one of the orcas, Kirill, who had been ill for some time, went missing. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Animals trapped in notorious Russia ‘whale jail’ begin path to freedom," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of missing

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of missing

: unable to be found : not in a usual or expected place
: needed or expected but not included


miss·​ing | \ ˈmi-siŋ How to pronounce missing (audio) \

Kids Definition of missing

1 : absent sense 1 Who is missing?
2 : lost sense 2 a missing book

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