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English definition of “miss”

miss

verb (NOT DO)    /mɪs/
B1 [T] to fail to do or experience something, often something planned or expected, or to avoid doing or experiencing something: I missed the start of the exam because my bus was late. Often I miss (= do not eat) breakfast and have an early lunch instead. You should leave early if you want to miss the rush hour. [+ -ing verb] I only just missed being run over by a bus this morning.Avoiding actionLaziness and lazy people A2 [T] to arrive too late to get on a bus, train, or aircraft: You'll miss your train if you don't hurry up.Late A2 [T] to not go to something: You'll fall behind in your studies if you keep missing school. I'm trying to find an excuse for missing the office party.Absent B1 [T] to not see or hear something or someone: I missed the beginning of the film. Her latest movie is too good to miss (= it certainly should be seen). I was sorry I missed you at Pat's party - I must have arrived after you left.Absent [T] to not notice someone or something: You don't miss much, do you? Nobody else noticed that mistake. My office is first on the right with a bright red door. You can't miss it (= it is very easy to find).Forgetting and forgetfulness Grammar:MissWe use miss as a verb to mean ‘not hit or reach something’:See more
(Definition of miss verb (NOT DO) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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