Definition of “miss” - English Dictionary

“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

uk /mɪs/ us /mɪs/

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.

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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)