miss·​ing ˈmi-siŋ How to pronounce missing (audio)
: absent
also : lost
missing in action

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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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of missing was in the 14th century

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“Missing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/missing. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


miss·​ing ˈmis-iŋ How to pronounce missing (audio)
: absent entry 1 sense 1, lost
missing persons
missing in action

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