missing Definition

  • 1not able to be found or located; lost
  • 2not present or included when expected or supposed to be
  • 3feeling regret or sadness because someone or something is not present or cannot be found

Using missing: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "missing" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The missing book was finally found under the bed.

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    The missing piece of the puzzle made it impossible to complete.

  • Example

    She felt a sense of missing her family while she was away at college.

  • Example

    The missing child was found safe and sound.

missing Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for missing

Phrases with missing

  • to become lost or disappear without explanation


    The hiker went missing in the mountains and was never found.

  • a hypothetical extinct animal or plant that is thought to be the evolutionary link between two groups


    Scientists are still searching for the missing link between humans and apes.

  • someone who has disappeared and whose whereabouts are unknown


    The police are asking for help in finding a missing person.


Summary: missing in Brief

The term 'missing' [ˈmɪsɪŋ] refers to something that is not able to be found or located, not present or included when expected, or a feeling of regret or sadness due to someone or something's absence. It can be used to describe physical objects like a missing book or a missing child, or emotional states like missing one's family. The phrase 'go missing' describes something that disappears without explanation, while 'missing link' refers to a hypothetical evolutionary connection between two groups.

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