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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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 In March, police issued a missing persons alert for Te'Myah and her father, Travis Plummer, who was arrested in Puerto Rico. Josh Magness, miamiherald, "Police said this missing girl wasn't in danger. They found her body in a suitcase | Miami Herald," 24 Apr. 2018 Alexander Centeno was last spotted around 8:15 p.m. Monday jumping a fence toward Cinnamon Lane, west of Chinatown, according to a missing persons alert. Samantha Ketterer, Houston Chronicle, "Police searching for missing 9-year-old boy last seen in west Houston," 24 Apr. 2018 Richmond Police in March issued a missing persons alert for the two, the station reports. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Father charged after remains found in suitcase ID'd as missing toddler Te'Myah Plummer," 24 Apr. 2018 One startup is developing technology to serve as a missing link: controlling the car by remote control. Tim Higgins, WSJ, "Driverless Car Data Shows Robots Are Improving But Still Need Human Hands," 13 Feb. 2019 The goal here is to identify the places where mortar is sufficiently damaged and/or missing, and mix new mortar to replace it. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "So You Want To Fix Your Chimney," 21 Dec. 2018 And what works in Hollywood in this case also works in the watch world, where famous pieces go missing, break, or just get worn for decades—and then come back to smash records. Cam Wolf, GQ, "Steve McQueen’s Destroyed-in-a-Wildfire Rolex Is Going Up for Auction," 5 June 2018 Dozens of the Ribeiros’ relatives and friends are among the 333 dead and missing. Luciana Magalhaes, WSJ, "‘It’s Easier to Count the Living’: Disaster Shakes Brazil’s Faith in Mining," 5 Feb. 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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