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

Definition of missing

: absent also : lost missing in action

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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
Recent Examples on the Web The first hiker who went missing is Vincent Djie, a 25-year-old Indonesian student living in Seattle. Fox News, "Searches underway for 3 Mount Rainier hikers missing in separate incidents," 28 June 2020 But conspicuously missing are new, big-ticket agenda items. W. James Antle Iii, Washington Examiner, "Republicans wonder where Trump misplaced his second-term agenda," 27 June 2020 For other elements of Banks’s outfit had gone missing, too—worst of all, his pistols. Christoph Irmscher, WSJ, "‘The Multifarious Mr. Banks’ Review: A Life in Service to Nature," 26 June 2020 Zion Gallaher, 16, went missing from Portland on June 7, according to the Oregon Department of Human Services. oregonlive, "Oregon authorities ask for help finding missing foster child," 25 June 2020 Prominent local activists accused the police of not trying hard enough to find missing persons. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here's what we know about the chaos that unfolded Tuesday near a Washington Park home," 25 June 2020 No matter what your wardrobe is missing, Old Navy has something for you at a reasonable price. Christie Calucchia, Southern Living, "Everything at Old Navy Is Up to 60% Off Right Now," 25 June 2020 Wirecard AG’s former chief executive officer was detained by Munich prosecutors after 1.9 billion euros ($2.1 billion) went missing from the digital-payment company, in a scandal that has rattled Germany’s financial industry. Sarah Syed, Fortune, "Wirecard CEO arrested in the case of the missing billions," 23 June 2020 Court records show her name was never removed from a database of missing and runaway children. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Precinct 4 constable deputy offered $80 to teen for sexual act, police allege," 23 June 2020

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First Known Use of missing

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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1 Jul 2020

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“Missing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/missing. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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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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