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."

Definitions of miss
  1. verb
    fail to perceive or to catch with the senses or the mind
    “I missed that remark”
    “She missed his point”
    synonyms: lose
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    look past, fail to notice
  2. verb
    fail to attend an event or activity
    “I missed the concert”
    “He missed school for a week”
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    attend, go to
    be present at (meetings, church services, university), etc.
    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
  3. verb
    fail to reach or get to
    “She missed her train”
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    fail, go wrong, miscarry
    be unsuccessful
  4. verb
    fail to reach
    “The arrow missed the target”
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    collide with, hit, impinge on, run into, strike
    hit against; come into sudden contact with
    deliver a sharp blow, as with the hand, fist, or weapon
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    shoot beyond or over (a target)
    shoot short of or below (a target)
  5. verb
    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
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    attend to, take to heart
    get down to; pay attention to; take seriously
    forget to do something
    jump, pass over, skip, skip over
  6. verb
    fail to experience
    “Fortunately, I missed the hurricane”
    synonyms: escape
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    type of:
    stay clear from; keep away from; keep out of the way of someone or something
  7. noun
    a failure to hit (or meet or find etc)
    synonyms: misfire
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    type of:
    an event that does not accomplish its intended purpose
  8. verb
    feel or suffer from the lack of
    “He misses his mother”
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    feel sad about the loss or absence of
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    desire, want
    feel or have a desire for; want strongly
  9. verb
    be without
    “There is something missing in my jewelry box!”
    synonyms: lack
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    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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    be without, lack; be deficient in
    lack or fail to include
  10. verb
    be absent
    “The child had been missing for a week”
  11. noun
    a young woman
    synonyms: fille, girl, missy, young lady, young woman
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    (Greek mythology) a maiden seduced by Zeus; when Hera was about to discover them together Zeus turned her into a white heifer
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    babe, baby, sister
    (slang) sometimes used as a term of address for attractive young women
    a young woman who is the most charming and beautiful of several rivals
    a young woman indulged by rich and powerful older men
    chachka, tchotchke, tchotchkeleh, tsatske, tshatshke
    (Yiddish) an attractive, unconventional woman
    a dismissive term for a girl who is immature or who lacks respect
    an Irish girl
    bird, chick, dame, doll, skirt, wench
    informal terms for a (young) woman
    a young woman in the 1920s who flaunted her unconventional conduct and dress
    alliterative term for girl (or woman)
    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
    a girl who works in a mill
    party girl
    an attractive young woman hired to attend parties and entertain men
    a beautiful and graceful girl
    ring girl
    a young woman who holds up cards indicating the number of the next round at prize fights
    (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
    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
    a sexually precocious young girl
    type of:
    adult female, woman
    an adult female person (as opposed to a man)
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