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

    ‘a quantity of cash has gone missing’
    • ‘But several of these vital bits of kit have gone missing and local pharmacists are keen to track them down.’
    • ‘They say it had gone missing four years ago… when King Joseph's son disappeared.’
    • ‘And, of course, I'm not expecting to see the missing item tomorrow either.’
    • ‘In most cases our people will be able to help you to locate the missing article.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She had no injuries, but the green car is still missing.’
    • ‘Many items thought to be missing had been stored in mosques for safe keeping.’
    • ‘Before the second son had time to replace the pearl, the king discovered it missing.’
    • ‘The professor said the missing equipment included material which was irreplaceable.’
    • ‘The missing antique furniture includes a Georgian card table and a Georgian tea table.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My mother left the kitchen and opened the door to the garage where my dad's car was missing.’
    • ‘Then when I found your car missing and the house the way it was I got scared for you.’
    • ‘We all went about our business, and, when finished, I noticed the van was missing.’
    • ‘He stated that his van was missing and it was found, smashed into another vehicle, up the street.’
    • ‘Okay… we're about to re-import the archives to try to replace the missing ones.’
    • ‘Precisely when the plaque went missing is not clear.’
    • ‘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.’
    lost, mislaid, misplaced, nowhere to be found, absent, not present, gone, gone astray, unaccounted for
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    1. 1.1Not present or included when expected or supposed to be.
      ‘you can fill in the missing details later’
      • ‘passion was an element that had been missing from her life for too long’
      • ‘The voice of youth is notably missing from most discussions of uniforms.’
      • ‘Is there anything missing from our website that you'd like to see?’
      • ‘This charisma factor is definitely missing from the rest of the cast.’
      • ‘The one thing that is obviously missing from the wreck is any sign of a propshaft or propshaft tunnel.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘When it was examined it was found to have a hole by the wheel stud and a section of the brake disk missing.’
      • ‘Nothing is going to prevent cable freeze-up if a rubber boot meant to keep water out of a parking brake cable is missing.’
      • ‘The engine and generator are missing but when they are replaced they will use diesel and not petrol as fuel.’
      • ‘Daniel was born with one of his heart valves missing and had to undergo emergency surgery twice before the age of five.’
      • ‘But when I awoke early next morning, the city seemed quiet, almost leaden, and the daily traffic jam was missing.’
      • ‘The boiler and engine were missing, presumably salvaged many years ago.’
      • ‘James had once been an excellent swimmer and, despite his missing limb, was still able to paddle about quite proficiently.’
      • ‘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.’
      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 home, and of unknown whereabouts.
      ‘she alerted police that her son was missing’
      • ‘There is still a search out for any information that can lead to the whereabouts of the missing student.’
      • ‘Police have appealed for information about two teenage girls who went missing last weekend.’
      • ‘The media can certainly help, and they can help find missing people.’
      • ‘Sixteen unsolved murders and four missing women are enough.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There followed ‘one of the largest and most public missing persons inquiries that has ever taken place in this country’.’
      • ‘Experts tell us that with missing persons cases, the more that time elapses, the colder the case becomes.’
      • ‘But detectives said it was too early to speculate on the man's identity and were also checking all other missing people reports.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘But is this story worth all that extra space that other missing people do not get?’
      • ‘They have a very different attitude towards missing people.’
      • ‘For the pain will be there as long as we have missing people who are unaccounted for.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The three-year-old bearded collie uses his keen sense of smell to sniff out missing people.’
      • ‘Previously officers have practiced skills used to search for missing persons.’
      • ‘They handle the majority of these kinds of cases that we get with missing persons and so forth.’
      • ‘The children's mother had reported them missing to police on Wednesday.’
      • ‘But what about the other part of this story, the missing intern?’
      • ‘Yet, in this passage, Mary speaks to Jesus of their anxiety when they discovered him missing.’
    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.
      ‘three local men were missing following a swimming accident’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The number of Australians confirmed dead or missing stands at 103, Australian officials say.’
      • ‘Ten people listed as missing were also feared dead, police said.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Three days of torrential rains in Shaaxi province left nine people dead and six others missing.’
      • ‘In India, the official death toll has reached 10,744 with 5,669 still reported missing and feared dead.’
      • ‘The Justice Department asked us to create a special national missing persons Web site for Katrina victims.’
      • ‘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.’



/ˈmisiNG/ /ˈmɪsɪŋ/