Definition of missing in English:



  • 1(of a thing) not able to be found because it is not in its expected place.

    ‘a quantity of cash has gone missing’
    • ‘My mother left the kitchen and opened the door to the garage where my dad's car was missing.’
    • ‘The missing antique furniture includes a Georgian card table and a Georgian tea table.’
    • ‘Precisely when the plaque went missing is not clear.’
    • ‘Then when I found your car missing and the house the way it was I got scared for you.’
    • ‘The heavy metal gates at the entrances to most houses of any size were locked, the occupants' cars missing from their usual places on the pavements outside.’
    • ‘Before the second son had time to replace the pearl, the king discovered it missing.’
    • ‘We all went about our business, and, when finished, I noticed the van was missing.’
    • ‘He said they could be used to find lost objects when held over a map although he had nor yet been able to locate his own missing bicycle.’
    • ‘And, of course, I'm not expecting to see the missing item tomorrow either.’
    • ‘As soon as she realized who it was, her expression was that of a little girl who just found a missing doll she lost but hasn't been able to forget.’
    • ‘They say it had gone missing four years ago… when King Joseph's son disappeared.’
    • ‘He stated that his van was missing and it was found, smashed into another vehicle, up the street.’
    • ‘It's interesting that all the stuff that went missing was stuff I was sure I'd put in the bag, but which I never found again.’
    • ‘In most cases our people will be able to help you to locate the missing article.’
    • ‘She had no injuries, but the green car is still missing.’
    • ‘Okay… we're about to re-import the archives to try to replace the missing ones.’
    • ‘The missing bags have since been recovered and were sent to Birmingham along with three trailer-loads of clothes sorted at the Cheetham Hill depot.’
    • ‘But several of these vital bits of kit have gone missing and local pharmacists are keen to track them down.’
    • ‘The professor said the missing equipment included material which was irreplaceable.’
    • ‘Many items thought to be missing had been stored in mosques for safe keeping.’
    lost, mislaid, misplaced, nowhere to be found, absent, not present, gone, gone astray, unaccounted for
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    1. 1.1 Not present or included when expected or supposed to be.
      ‘you can fill in the missing details later’
      • ‘Nothing is going to prevent cable freeze-up if a rubber boot meant to keep water out of a parking brake cable is missing.’
      • ‘Daniel was born with one of his heart valves missing and had to undergo emergency surgery twice before the age of five.’
      • ‘I'm expecting Jason to rupture a blood vessel over the missing apostrophe there.’
      • ‘They culled stem cells from the marrow and mixed them with a harmless virus in which a gene that makes the missing protein had been inserted.’
      • ‘The one thing that is obviously missing from the wreck is any sign of a propshaft or propshaft tunnel.’
      • ‘The engine and generator are missing but when they are replaced they will use diesel and not petrol as fuel.’
      • ‘But when I awoke early next morning, the city seemed quiet, almost leaden, and the daily traffic jam was missing.’
      • ‘James had once been an excellent swimmer and, despite his missing limb, was still able to paddle about quite proficiently.’
      • ‘If you rise a little at the end of the companionway you can see that the roof of the engine room is missing, giving you an even better view.’
      • ‘Is there anything missing from our website that you'd like to see?’
      • ‘When it was examined it was found to have a hole by the wheel stud and a section of the brake disk missing.’
      • ‘This charisma factor is definitely missing from the rest of the cast.’
      • ‘The boiler and engine were missing, presumably salvaged many years ago.’
      • ‘The voice of youth is notably missing from most discussions of uniforms.’
      • ‘First the car: although there have been few causes for complaint since the new Mini came on the market, the one thing missing until now was a diesel engine.’
      absent from, not present in, not to be found in, lacking in, wanting from
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    2. 1.2 (of a person) absent from a place, especially their home, and of unknown whereabouts.
      ‘he has been reported as a missing person’
      • ‘The three-year-old bearded collie uses his keen sense of smell to sniff out missing people.’
      • ‘There is still a search out for any information that can lead to the whereabouts of the missing student.’
      • ‘But is this story worth all that extra space that other missing people do not get?’
      • ‘Sixteen unsolved murders and four missing women are enough.’
      • ‘There followed ‘one of the largest and most public missing persons inquiries that has ever taken place in this country’.’
      • ‘The dogs carry out routine work at football matches and on patrol as well as being called to emergencies to help find missing people or runaway criminals.’
      • ‘It is not like the usual missing person, where we do not know what has happened.’
      • ‘There is no suggestion of criminal activity and it is very much a routine missing persons inquiry.’
      • ‘They handle the majority of these kinds of cases that we get with missing persons and so forth.’
      • ‘Previously officers have practiced skills used to search for missing persons.’
      • ‘But what about the other part of this story, the missing intern?’
      • ‘The team are not only involved in rescues in upland areas, but much time is also spent on searching for missing persons in lowland and coastal areas.’
      • ‘The children's mother had reported them missing to police on Wednesday.’
      • ‘Yet, in this passage, Mary speaks to Jesus of their anxiety when they discovered him missing.’
      • ‘The media can certainly help, and they can help find missing people.’
      • ‘Police have appealed for information about two teenage girls who went missing last weekend.’
      • ‘Experts tell us that with missing persons cases, the more that time elapses, the colder the case becomes.’
      • ‘For the pain will be there as long as we have missing people who are unaccounted for.’
      • ‘They have a very different attitude towards missing people.’
      • ‘But detectives said it was too early to speculate on the man's identity and were also checking all other missing people reports.’
    3. 1.3 (of a person) not yet traced or confirmed as alive, but not known to be dead, after an accident or during wartime.
      ‘four soldiers had been wounded and one man was missing’
      ‘servicemen listed as missing in action’
      • ‘In India, the official death toll has reached 10,744 with 5,669 still reported missing and feared dead.’
      • ‘It was like someone being missing in action, or at sea: you don't know when it's over.’
      • ‘He was taken to the morgue at Denpasar General Hospital, where he searched the dead to locate missing soldiers.’
      • ‘Among the haul are foreign identity cards that are handed to embassies tracing missing nationals.’
      • ‘This year alone, fighting in the province is believed to have left 1,307 people dead and 377 others missing.’
      • ‘The attack sparked massive unrest in the capital, leaving at least five people dead and 17 others missing.’
      • ‘The Justice Department asked us to create a special national missing persons Web site for Katrina victims.’
      • ‘Ten people listed as missing were also feared dead, police said.’
      • ‘The number of Australians confirmed dead or missing stands at 103, Australian officials say.’
      • ‘The death toll is set to top 29,000 with most of the 4,500 missing people likely to be declared dead.’
      • ‘This was reported on quite favourably, and there was even an extensive air search which failed to find any of the fifteen missing people.’
      • ‘Three days of torrential rains in Shaaxi province left nine people dead and six others missing.’