missing

adjective miss·ing \ ˈmi-siŋ \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of missing

: absent; also : lost
  • missing in action

Examples of missing in a Sentence

  1. The new director has provided the missing ingredient that was needed for the show's success.

  2. the missing socks turned up in the dog's special hiding place

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First Known Use of missing

14th century

missing Synonyms



MISSING Defined for English Language Learners

missing

adjective

Definition of missing for English Language Learners

  • : unable to be found : not in a usual or expected place

  • : needed or expected but not included


MISSING Defined for Kids

missing

adjective miss·ing \ ˈmi-siŋ \

Definition of missing for Students

1 : absent 1
  • Who is missing?
2 : lost 2
  • a missing book


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