Meaning of “missing” in the English Dictionary

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"missing" in British English

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uk /ˈmɪs.ɪŋ/ us /ˈmɪs.ɪŋ/

A2 Someone who is missing has disappeared:

Her father has been missing since September 1992.
UK The girl went missing during a family outing to Mount Snowdon.

B1 Something that is missing cannot be found because it is not where it should be:

The burglars have been arrested but the jewellery is still missing.
When did you realize that the money was missing from your account?

Missing soldiers or military vehicles have not returned from fighting in a war but are not known completely certainly to be dead or destroyed:

He was listed as missing in action.

More examples

  • The police have called off the search for the missing child until dawn tomorrow.
  • The missing letter eventually turned up inside a book.
  • A search party was sent out to look for the missing climbers.
  • All of the ship's crew are missing, believed dead.
  • This jigsaw puzzle has two pieces missing.

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

"missing" in American English

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missingadjective [ not gradable ]

us /ˈmɪs·ɪŋ/

(of a person or possession) not found where you expect to find someone or something; lost or absent:

He disappeared on his way to school and has been missing for over a year.
When did you realize the money was missing?

(Definition of “missing” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)