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 When the robe goes missing, Larry persuades Susie to sew the Klansman a new one. Malina Saval, Variety, 3 Aug. 2022 But when the corpse becomes sentient and goes missing, several mysterious murders start to take over the city. Juliana Ukiomogbe, ELLE, 27 July 2022 When one toy goes missing, everyone finds themselves in a series of mysterious events. Cameron Jenkins, Good Housekeeping, 19 July 2022 The three-season sci-fi time-travel series kicks off in 2019 when a child goes missing, hops around in the 1980s, the 1950s, spends some time with an apocalypse in the 2050s, even heads back to the 1920s, and loops all the way around again. Maggie Fremont, EW.com, 1 June 2022 When a beautiful young wife (Rosamund Pike) goes missing on the morning of her fifth wedding anniversary, suspicion immediately falls on her husband (Ben Affleck). Lucia Tonelli, Town & Country, 31 May 2022 When one goes missing, a surprise-at-every-turn storyline ensues, providing sharp insights into the nature of identity and family. The Week Staff, The Week, 30 May 2022 When common sense goes missing in places like Kiel, something has gone wrong. Rick Esenberg And Luke Berg, WSJ, 23 May 2022 The rape kit of a teenage girl who was brutally assaulted goes missing. cleveland, 19 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of missing

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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missing in action

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7 Aug 2022

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“Missing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/missing. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for missing


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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