missing

adjective
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

Synonyms

gone, lost, mislaid, misplaced

Antonyms

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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Her life, however, took a turn on December 6, 2009 when the Utah mom went missing. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Susan Cox Powell's Sister Reveals What She Believes Really Happened to Her," 4 May 2019 By midmorning Monday, the streets were mostly clear and some parents lamented their children were missing class. ... Katie Honan And Leslie Brody, WSJ, "De Blasio Defends Decision to Close Schools," 4 Mar. 2019 On May 18, 1980, the Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington state exploded, leaving 57 people dead or missing. sandiegouniontribune.com, "May 26, 1980: Mount St. Helens explodes again," 26 May 2018 In 1980, the Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington state exploded, leaving 57 people dead or missing. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 18 May 2018 For now, Chasteen awaits arraignment and Dezie remains missing. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Man Shotguns Drone Searching for Lost Dog," 25 Feb. 2019 The Bachelor@thebachelor Share Embed Link When Colton joins her on stage, Tayshia asks what was missing. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "The Bachelor Season 23, Episode 11 Recap: Will Colton and Cassie End Up Together?," 12 Mar. 2019 Combining it with great shopping is what was missing. Alex Witchel, Town & Country, "The Best Department Stores Are All Opening Restaurants," 25 Feb. 2019 The star players went from unstoppable to occasionally stoppable, and the valuable role players who were essential to their success went missing. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The Houston Rockets Have a Warriors Hangover," 12 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of missing

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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missing

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of missing

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

missing

adjective
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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