American English

Definition of miss verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they miss
    he / she / it misses
    past simple missed
    -ing form missing
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    not hit, catch, etc.
  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to fail to hit, catch, reach, etc. something miss (somebody/something) How many goals has he missed this season? The bullet missed her by about six inches. She threw a plate at him and only narrowly missed. miss doing something She narrowly missed hitting him.
  2. not hear/see
  3. 2[transitive] miss something to fail to hear, see, or notice something The hotel is the only white building on the road—you can't miss it. Don't miss next week's issue! I missed her name. Your mother will know who's moved in—she doesn't miss much. When you painted your bedroom, you missed a bit (= of the wall) under the window.
  4. not understand
  5. 3[transitive] miss something to fail to understand something He completely missed the joke. You're missing the point (= failing to understand the main part) of what I'm saying. I think I must have missed something because none of this makes any sense.
  6. not be/go somewhere
  7. 4[transitive] miss something to fail to be or go somewhere She hasn't missed a game all year. You missed a good party last night (= the party was good but you did not go). “Are you coming to the school play?” “I wouldn't miss it for the world.”
  8. not do something
  9. 5[transitive] miss something to fail to do something You can't afford to miss meals (= not eat meals) when you're in training. to miss a turn (= to not play when it is your turn in a game)
  10. 6[transitive] miss (doing) something to not take the opportunity to do something The sale prices were too good to miss. It was an opportunity not to be missed.
  11. be late
  12. 7[transitive] miss something/somebody miss doing something to be or arrive too late for something If I don't leave now I'll miss my plane. Sorry I'm late—have I missed anything? “Is Ann there?” “You've just missed her (= she has just left).”
  13. feel sad
  14. 8[transitive] to feel sad because you can no longer see someone or do something that you like miss somebody/something She will be greatly missed when she leaves. What did you miss most when you were in France? miss (somebody/something) doing something I don't miss getting up at six every morning!
  15. notice something not there
  16. 9[transitive] miss somebody/something to notice that someone or something is not where they/it should be When did you first miss the necklace? Let's go for a quick drink—nobody will miss us. We seem to be missing some students this morning.
  17. avoid something bad
  18. 10[transitive] to avoid something unpleasant synonym escape miss something If you go now you should miss the crowds. miss doing something He fell and just missed knocking the whole display over.
  19. of engine
  20. 11= misfire
  21. Idioms
    he, she, etc. doesn't miss a trick (informal)
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    used to say that someone notices every opportunity to gain an advantage
    hit/miss the mark
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    to succeed/fail in achieving or guessing something He blushed furiously and Robyn knew she had hit the mark.
    miss the boat (informal)
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    to be unable to take advantage of something because you are too late If you don't buy now, you may find that you've missed the boat.
    miss your guess (informal)
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    to make a mistake Unless I miss my guess, your computer needs a new hard drive. If you miss your guess, you lose 10 points.
    not miss a beat, without missing a beat
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    to do something or continue doing something without showing surprise or shock Despite the unexpected remark, she continued her speech without missing a beat.
    Phrasal Verbsmiss out (on something)
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: miss