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 Her body was found May 9 in a wooded area 20 miles south of Jacksonville, hours after she was reported missing. Fox News, 6 June 2021 The 4-year-old was left in the care of his uncle, Mario Jenkins, on Saturday and on Tuesday was reported missing. Jessika Harkay, courant.com, 4 June 2021 Information submitted to join will be used only for emergency notification purposes, such as citizens are reported missing. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 25 May 2021 On Friday, the day Jerilyn Bessie Nicholson was reported missing, police said she was last seen in Eagle River on April 24 and was last heard from in text messages sent April 25. Anchorage Daily News, 4 May 2021 A week after Alicia was reported missing, state police released a photo from a security camera showing Alicia inside a Stewart's Shop in the Village of Saugerties on the morning of Saturday, March 20. NBC News, 20 Mar. 2021 In 2017, an Ohio State University student named Reagan Tokes was reported missing and later found dead. Byron Tau, WSJ, 10 Mar. 2021 Serah Bellar, originally of Amesville, Ohio, went missing in April 2020 at the age of 16. Quinlan Bentley, The Enquirer, 24 May 2021 Some of the runners went missing and the race was halted. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 24 May 2021

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First Known Use of missing

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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8 Jun 2021

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“Missing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/missing. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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