Definition of missing adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈmɪsɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmɪsɪŋ//
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  1. 1  that cannot be found or that is not in its usual place, or at home synonym lost I never found the missing piece. My gloves have been missing for ages. Two files have gone missing. They still hoped to find their missing son. (especially British English) Our cat's gone missing again.
  2. 2  that has been removed, lost or destroyed and has not been replaced The book has two pages missing/missing pages. He didn't notice there was anything missing from his room until later on.
  3. 3  (of a person) not present after an accident, battle, etc. but not known to have been killed He was reported missing, presumed dead. Many soldiers were listed as missing in action.
  4. 4  not included, often when it should have been Fill in the missing words in this text. There were several candidates missing from the list. What is missing from the production is any sense of emotional commitment.
  5. Extra examples It was six hours before the seamen were discovered missing. The eighth rung of the ladder was missing altogether. The file was missing from its place. The spirit of fair play is sadly missing from the sport these days. The study of housework as work is a topic entirely missing from sociology. a quality that’s largely missing in young people today a woman who went missing three months ago servicemen listed as missing in action the search for US soldiers listed as missing in action
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: missing