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"miss" in British English

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missverb

uk   /mɪs/ us   /mɪs/
  • miss verb (NOT DO)

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 class 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.
A2 [T] to arrive too late to get on a bus, train, or aircraft: You'll miss your flight if you don't hurry up.
A2 [T] to not go to something: Students who miss a lot of school can find it hard to catch up. I'm trying to find an excuse for missing the office party.
B1 [T] to not see or hear something or someone: I missed the beginning of the show. 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.
[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).

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  • miss verb (FEEL SAD)

A2 [T] to feel sad that a person or thing is not present: I really missed her when she went away. She will be sadly missed by all who knew her. I still miss my old car. What did you miss most about home when you were living in France? [+ -ing verb] I haven't missed smoking like I expected to.

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  • miss verb (NOT HIT)

B2 [I or T] to fail to hit something, or to avoid hitting something: The bullet missed his heart by a couple of centimetres. I swerved to avoid the other car and only just missed a tree. He threw a book at me, but he/it missed.

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missnoun

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Missnoun

uk   /mɪs/ us   /mɪs/
A1 a title used before the family name or full name of a single woman who has no other title: Dr White will see you now, Miss Carter. Miss Helena Lewis
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[as form of address] mainly US or old-fashioned UK used as a form of address for a girl or young woman: Excuse me, Miss, you dropped this.
[as form of address] UK sometimes used by children to address or refer to teachers who are women: Can I go to the toilet, Miss?
a title given to a woman who wins a beauty contest, combined with the name of the place that she represents: Miss India/UK the Miss World contest

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(Definition of miss from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"miss" in American English

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missverb

us   /mɪs/
  • miss verb (NOT HIT)

[I/T] to fail to hit or to avoid hitting something: [T] The plane narrowly missed power lines as it landed. [I] He threw a snowball at me, but he missed.
  • miss verb (NOT DO)

[T] to fail to do, see, or experience something, esp. something planned or expected when it is available: I wanted to see that movie, but I missed it. If you don’t hurry you’ll miss your plane (= fail to get on it before it leaves). You should leave early if you want to miss rush hour (= avoid it).
  • miss verb (REGRET)

[T] to feel sad because you cannot see a person or place or do something: Luis says he misses Puerto Rico very much.
  • miss verb (NOT FIND)

[T] to notice that something is lost or absent: He didn’t miss his wallet until the waiter brought the check.
Phrasal verbs

missnoun [C]

us   /mɪs/
a failure to hit, catch, do, see, or experience something: Scurry blocked eight shots and caused misses on numerous others.

Missnoun [U]

us   /mɪs/
a title for a girl or a woman who has never been married, used before the family name or full name: Miss Green
Miss is also used as a form of address to get the attention of a girl or woman: Hey, Miss, you dropped a glove!
A woman who has won a beauty competition is often given the title "Miss" and the name of the place that she represents: Miss Alaska/Miss America
(Definition of miss from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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