miss

To miss is to fail to do or sense something, or to be without. If you miss all your free throws, your basketball team probably won't miss you if you skip a game.

The verb form of miss stems from the Old English missan “fail to hit what was aimed at,” while the noun form of miss, meaning a term of honor to a young woman is just the abbreviated form of mistress, which used to be a title of respect. You might not miss the days when every unmarried woman had to be called "Miss."

Primary Meanings of miss

1.
vn
fail to perceive or to catch with the senses or the mind
a failure to hit (or meet or find etc)
2.
v
feel or suffer from the lack of
3.
n
a young woman
Full Definitions of miss
1

v fail to perceive or to catch with the senses or the mind

“I missed that remark”
“She missed his point”
Synonyms:
lose
Types:
overlook
look past, fail to notice

v fail to attend an event or activity

“I missed the concert”
“He missed school for a week”
Antonyms:
attend, go to
be present at (meetings, church services, university), etc.
Types:
cut, skip
intentionally fail to attend
bunk off, play hooky
play truant from work or school
Type of:
fail, neglect
fail to do something; leave something undone

v fail to reach or get to

“She missed her train”
Type of:
fail, go wrong, miscarry
be unsuccessful

v fail to reach

“The arrow missed the target”
Antonyms:
collide with, hit, impinge on, run into, strike
hit against; come into sudden contact with
strike
deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon
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Types:
overshoot
shoot beyond or over (a target)
undershoot
shoot short of or below (a target)

v leave undone or leave out

“How could I miss that typo?”
“The workers on the conveyor belt miss one out of ten”
Synonyms:
drop, leave out, neglect, omit, overleap, overlook, pretermit
Antonyms:
attend to, take to heart
get down to; pay attention to; take seriously
Types:
forget
forget to do something
jump, pass over, skip, skip over
bypass

v fail to experience

“Fortunately, I missed the hurricane”
Synonyms:
escape
Type of:
avoid
stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something

n a failure to hit (or meet or find etc)

Synonyms:
misfire
Type of:
failure
an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose
2

v feel or suffer from the lack of

“He misses his mother”
Types:
regret
feel sad about the loss or absence of
Type of:
desire, want
feel or have a desire for; want strongly

v be without

“There is something missing in my jewelry box!”
Synonyms:
lack
Antonyms:
feature, have
have as a feature
have, have got, hold
have or possess, either in a concrete or an abstract sense
have, own, possess
have ownership or possession of
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Types:
want
be without, lack; be deficient in
exclude
lack or fail to include

v be absent

“The child had been missing for a week”
3

n a young woman

Synonyms:
fille, girl, missy, young lady, young woman
Examples:
Io
(Greek mythology) a maiden seduced by Zeus; when Hera was about to discover them together Zeus turned her into a white heifer
Types:
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babe, baby, sister
(slang) sometimes used as a term of address for attractive young women
belle
a young woman who is the most charming and beautiful of several rivals
bimbo
a young woman indulged by rich and powerful older men
chachka, tchotchke, tchotchkeleh, tsatske, tshatshke
(Yiddish) an attractive, unconventional woman
chit
a dismissive term for a girl who is immature or who lacks respect
colleen
an Irish girl
bird, chick, dame, doll, skirt, wench
informal terms for a (young) woman
flapper
a young woman in the 1920s who flaunted her unconventional conduct and dress
gal
alliterative term for girl (or woman)
gamine
a girl of impish appeal
Gibson girl
the idealized American girl of the 1890s as pictured by C. D. Gibson
jeune fille, lass, lassie, young girl
a girl or young woman who is unmarried
maid, maiden
an unmarried girl (especially a virgin)
May queen, queen of the May
the girl chosen queen of a May Day festival
mill-girl
a girl who works in a mill
party girl
an attractive young woman hired to attend parties and entertain men
peri
a beautiful and graceful girl
ring girl
a young woman who holds up cards indicating the number of the next round at prize fights
rosebud
(a literary reference to) a pretty young girl
sex bomb, sex kitten, sexpot
a young woman who is thought to have sex appeal
shop girl
a young female shop assistant
soubrette
a pert or flirtatious young girl
sweater girl
a girl with an attractive bust who wears tight sweaters
hoyden, romp, tomboy
a girl who behaves in a boyish manner
valley girl
a girl who grew up in the tract housing in the San Fernando Valley
working girl
a young woman who is employed
bobby-socker, bobbysoxer
an adolescent girl wearing bobby socks (common in the 1940s)
damoiselle, damosel, damozel, damsel, demoiselle
a young unmarried woman
Lolita
a sexually precocious young girl
Type of:
adult female, woman
an adult female person (as opposed to a man)

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