miss·ing | \ˈmi-siŋ \

Definition of missing 

: absent also : lost missing in action

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Synonyms & Antonyms for missing


absent, lacking, nonexistent, wanting


existent, present

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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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Everyone from Rashida Jones and Tiffany Haddish to Yara Shahidi and Letitia Wright was given a cameo in that music video… but Freedia remained missing. refinery29.com, "Why Are The BET Awards Shutting Out Women Performers?," 25 June 2018 Still, a number of famous vessels remain missing — for now. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "8 undiscovered shipwrecks of the Great Lakes," 22 June 2018 And 192 people remain missing, Cabañas said earlier this week. Dakin Andone, CNN, "Head of Guatemala's disaster agency facing calls to resign after Fuego eruption," 7 June 2018 Hundreds were injured and dozens more remained missing, according to a Guatemala disaster agency. Times Staff, latimes.com, "Guatemala's Volcano of Fire erupts, covering villages in ash and leaving 75 dead," 6 June 2018 Authorities say Hermond, of Severn, Md., was swept away during the flood, and remained missing on Monday. Washington Post, BostonGlobe.com, "Massive flooding in Maryland leaves man missing and ruins businesses," 29 May 2018 The boys remained missing when the mother was brought to the scene, according to police. Dylan Purcell, Philly.com, "Philadelphia man in alleged kidnapping ID'd," 26 May 2018 Roselin remained missing for two hours until a swimmer spotted his body at the bottom of the Intracoastal around 5 p.m., Economou said. Susannah Bryan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Police seek to make Boca Bash safer after man drowns," 1 May 2018 The Dodge and the two Ford vehicles have since been recovered, Peach said, but the Kia remains missing. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, "Two remaining suspects arrested in carjacking of pregnant Baltimore County teacher," 24 Apr. 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of missing

1 : absent sense 1 Who is missing?

2 : lost sense 2 a missing book

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