see also: Miss
Pronunciation Verb

miss (misses, present participle missing; past and past participle missed)

  1. (ambitransitive) To fail to hit.
    I missed the target.
    I tried to kick the ball, but missed.
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum, Or, A Naturall Historie: In Ten Centuries
      Men observe when things hit, and not when they miss.
    • Flying bullets now,
      To execute his rage, appear too slow;
      They miss, or sweep but common souls away.
  2. (transitive) To fail to achieve or attain.
    to miss an opportunity
    • 1689 (indicated as 1690), [John Locke], An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. […], London: […] Thomas Basset, […], OCLC 153628242 ↗:
      When a man misses his great end, happiness, he will acknowledge he judged not right.
  3. (transitive) To avoid; to escape.
    The car just missed hitting a passer-by.
  4. (transitive) To become aware of the loss or absence of; to feel the want or need of, sometimes with regret.
    I miss you! Come home soon!
    • 1671, John Milton, “Samson Agonistes, […]”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398 ↗, [https://archive.org/stream/paradiseregaindp00milt_0#page/{}/mode/1up page 58]:
      {...}} what by me thou haſt loſt thou leaſt ſhalt miſs.
    • 1909, Archibald Marshall [pseudonym; Arthur Hammond Marshall], chapter I, in The Squire’s Daughter, London: Methuen, OCLC 12026604 ↗; republished New York, N.Y.: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1919, OCLC 491297620 ↗:
      The boy became volubly friendly and bubbling over with unexpected humour and high spirits. He tried to persuade Cicely to stay away from the ball-room for a fourth dance. Nobody would miss them, he explained.
  5. (transitive) To fail to understand; to have a shortcoming of perception; overlook.
    miss the joke
  6. (transitive) To fail to attend.
    Joe missed the meeting this morning.
  7. (transitive) To be late for something (a means of transportation, a deadline, etc.).
    I missed the plane!
  8. (transitive) To be wanting; to lack something that should be present.
    The car is missing essential features.
  9. (poker, said of a card) To fail to help the hand of a player.
    Player A: J7. Player B: Q6. Table: 283. The flop missed both players!
  10. (sports) To fail to score (a goal).
  11. (intransitive, obsolete) To go wrong; to err.
    • Amongst the angels, a whole legion / Of wicked sprites did fall from happy bliss; / What wonder then if one, of women all, did miss?
  12. (intransitive, obsolete) To be absent, deficient, or wanting.
    • c. 1591–1595, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Romeo and Ivliet”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act PROLOGUE, (please specify the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals)]:
      What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.
Antonyms Translations Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: não perceber, não compreender
  • Russian: не поня́ть
  • Spanish: no entender
Translations Translations Translations Noun

miss (plural misses)

  1. A failure to hit.
  2. A failure to obtain or accomplish.
  3. An act of avoidance (used with the verb give).
    I think I’ll give the meeting a miss.
  4. (computing) The situation where an item is not found in a cache and therefore needs to be explicitly loaded.
Translations Translations
  • Russian: неуда́ча
  • Russian: про́пуск


  1. A title of respect for a young woman (usually unmarried) with or without a name used.
    You may sit here, miss.
    You may sit here, Miss Jones.
  2. An unmarried woman; a girl.
  3. A kept woman; a mistress.
  4. (card games) In the game of three-card loo, an extra hand, dealt on the table, which may be substituted for the hand dealt to a player.
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Pronunciation Noun

miss (plural Misses)

  1. Form of address, now used chiefly for an unmarried woman; used chiefly of girls before the mid-1700s, and thereafter used also of adult women without regard to marital status until the 1800s.
  2. Form of address for a teacher or a waitress.
    Excuse me, Miss, Donny's been pinching my pencils again.

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