Definition of miss verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//mɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɪs//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they miss
    BrE BrE//mɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɪs//
    he / she / it misses
    BrE BrE//ˈmɪsɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪsɪz//
    past simple missed
    BrE BrE//mɪst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɪst//
    past participle missed
    BrE BrE//mɪst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mɪst//
    -ing form missing
    BrE BrE//ˈmɪsɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪsɪŋ//
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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 (= because 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 somebody 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 somebody/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. More Like This Verbs usually followed by -ing forms avoid, consider, delay, deny, enjoy, escape, finish, give up, imagine, involve, mention, mind, miss, postpone, practise, resist, risk, suggestSee worksheet.
  19. of engine
  20. 11= misfire
  21. Word Originverb Old English missan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German missen.Extra examples ‘Where’s Larry?’—‘You’ve just missed him.’ Anne will be sadly missed by all who knew her. Anne, who died on 22 July, will be sadly missed by all who knew her. He completely missed the point of what I was saying. I still miss her a lot. She attempted to hit the ball but missed badly. The bullet missed his head by only a few inches. The bullet somehow missed his heart. The plane crashed, narrowly missing a hotel. The station is just down this road on the left. You can’t miss it. Your father misses you dreadfully. ‘Are you coming to the school play?’ ‘ I wouldn’t miss it for the world. ’ Don’t miss next week’s issue! She hasn’t missed a game all year. When you painted your bedroom you missed a bit under the window. You can’t afford to miss meals when you’re in training. You have to miss a turn. You missed a good party last night. You’d better hurry—you don’t want to miss the bus. You’re missing the point of what I’m saying. Your mother will know who’s moved in—she doesn’t miss much. The sale prices were too good to miss.Idioms
    somebody’s heart misses a beat
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    used to say that somebody has a sudden feeling of fear, excitement, etc. My heart missed a beat when I saw who it was.
    he, she, etc. doesn’t miss a trick
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    (informal) used to say that somebody notices every opportunity to gain an advantage
    to succeed/fail in achieving or guessing something He blushed furiously and Robyn knew she had hit the mark. (informal) 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. (North American English, informal) 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.
    Phrasal Verbsmiss out somebodymiss out (on something)
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: miss