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verb mist pronunciation in American English /mɪst/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlemisting
past tensemisted
past participlemisted
  1. 1



    mist over

    [intransitive/transitive] if your eyes mist, or if tears mist your eyes, your eyes fill with tears
  2. 2



    mist over


    mist up

    [intransitive/transitive] to become covered with small drops of water, or to cover something with small drops of water

    The rear window was misted up.

    Blanche’s breath misted the mirror.

    1. a.
      [transitive] to cover something such as a plant with small drops of water in order to keep it wet

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a type of hairstyle which has a long, thin strip of hair growing down the back of the neck

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