missing - definition and synonyms


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  1. if someone or something is missing, they are not where they should be and you do not know where they are

    We need to look to see if anything is missing.

    Police are asking for a detailed account of the missing money.

    The family pinned up small posters of the missing dog.

    missing from:

    The key was missing from its usual place.

    report someone missing:

    The young woman’s boyfriend had already reported her missing.

    go missing:

    An inmate is reported to have gone missing.

    1. a.
      if something is missing, it is not in its usual place because it has been removed

      Two of his front teeth were missing.

    2. b.
      if someone or something is missing, they are not included in something although you would expect them to be there
      missing from:

      Candidatesnames were missing from ballot papers.

    3. c.
      if someone is missing, they cannot be found after a battle or accident but are not known to be dead or taken prisoner

      Ten soldiers are still missing.

      be missing in action:

      Over 8,000 American soldiers are listed as missing in action.

      be missing, presumed/feared dead:

      The army report said his friend was missing, presumed dead.