WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
miss1 /mɪs/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. to fail to hit: [+ object]missed the first pitch.[no object]He swung and missed.
  2. to fail to meet, catch, etc.:[+ object]to miss a train.
  3. to fail to take advantage of:[+ object]I missed a chance to meet him.
  4. to fail to be present for:[+ object]to miss school.
  5. to notice the absence or loss of:[not: be + ~-ing;  ~ + object]When did you first miss your wallet?
  6. to regret the absence or loss of: [+ object]I miss you all dreadfully.[+ verb-ing]He missed watching the African sunsets.
  7. to escape or avoid:[not: be + ~-ing;  ~ + verb-ing]He just missed being caught.
  8. to fail to understand:[+ object]to miss the point of a remark.
  9. (of a car, etc.) to misfire:[no object]The car was missing on all four cylinders.
  10. miss out, [no object] to fail to experience or take advantage of something:They missed out on a golden opportunity to improve their financial situation.

n. [countable]
  1. a failure of any kind, esp. to hit something:a couple of swings and misses and the game is over.
  2. a misfire.
Idioms
  1. Idiomsmiss the boat, Informal. to fail to take advantage of an opportunity:He missed the boat by failing to apply for the grant.


miss2 /mɪs/USA pronunciation   n., pl.  miss•es. 
  1. This word is used as a title of respect before the name of an unmarried woman:[Miss]Miss Mary Jones.
  2. This word is used as a polite form of address to a young woman:[Miss]Miss, please bring me some ketchup.
  3. This word is used as a title before the name of a place, or a quality, that a young woman has been selected to represent:[Miss]Miss America.
  4. [countable] a young unmarried woman;
    girl.
  5. Clothingmisses, [plural]
    • Clothinga range of sizes, chiefly from 6 to 20, for garments that fit women of average height and build.
    • Clothinga garment in this size range.

Miss.,  an abbreviation of:
  1. Mississippi.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
miss1  (mis),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to fail to hit or strike:to miss a target.
  2. to fail to encounter, meet, catch, etc.:to miss a train.
  3. to fail to take advantage of:to miss a chance.
  4. to fail to be present at or for:to miss a day of school.
  5. to notice the absence or loss of:When did you first miss your wallet?
  6. to regret the absence or loss of:I miss you all dreadfully.
  7. to escape or avoid:He just missed being caught.
  8. to fail to perceive or understand:to miss the point of a remark.

v.i. 
  1. to fail to hit something.
  2. to fail of effect or success;
    be unsuccessful.
  3. Idiomsmiss fire. See  fire (def. 25).
  4. British Termsmiss out, [Chiefly Brit.]to omit;
    leave out.
  5. miss out on, to fail to take advantage of, experience, etc.:You missed out on a great opportunity.

n. 
  1. a failure to hit something.
  2. a failure of any kind.
  3. an omission.
  4. a misfire.
missa•ble, adj. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English missen, Old English missan; cognate with Old Frisian missa, Middle Low German, Middle Dutch, Old High German missen, Old Norse missa to fail to hit or reach

miss2  (mis),USA pronunciation n., pl.  miss•es. 
  1. (cap.) a title of respect for an unmarried woman, conventionally prefixed to her name or to the name of that which she represents:Miss Mary Jones; Miss Sweden.
  2. (used by itself, as a term of address, esp. to a young woman):Miss, please bring me some ketchup.
  3. (cap.) a title prefixed to a mock surname used to represent a particular attribute of the person, esp. one excessively prominent:Miss Innocent; Miss Congeniality.
  4. a young unmarried woman;
    girl:a radiant miss of 18 or so.
  5. Clothingmisses: 
    • Clothinga range of sizes, chiefly from 6 to 20, for garments that fit women of average height and build.
    • Clothingthe department or section of a store where these garments are sold.
    • Clothinga garment in this size range.
  • short for mistress 1600–10
    See  Ms. 

Miss., 
  • Mississippi.

  • miss., 
    1. mission.
    2. missionary.

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