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miss1

[mis] /mɪs/
verb (used with object)
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.
verb (used without object)
9.
to fail to hit something.
10.
to fail of effect or success; be unsuccessful.
noun
11.
a failure to hit something.
12.
a failure of any kind.
13.
an omission.
14.
a misfire.
Verb phrases
15.
miss out, Chiefly British. to omit; leave out.
16.
miss out on, to fail to take advantage of, experience, etc.:
You missed out on a great opportunity.
Idioms
17.
miss fire. fire (def 52).
Origin
900
before 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
Related forms
missable, adjective
unmissable, adjective
unmissed, adjective
Can be confused
midst, missed, mist.
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British Dictionary definitions for missing out

miss1

/mɪs/
verb
1.
to fail to reach, hit, meet, find, or attain (some specified or implied aim, goal, target, etc)
2.
(transitive) to fail to attend or be present for to miss a train, to miss an appointment
3.
(transitive) to fail to see, hear, understand, or perceive to miss a point
4.
(transitive) to lose, overlook, or fail to take advantage of to miss an opportunity
5.
(transitive) to leave out; omit to miss an entry in a list
6.
(transitive) to discover or regret the loss or absence of he missed his watch, she missed him
7.
(transitive) to escape or avoid (something, esp a danger), usually narrowly he missed death by inches
8.
miss the boat, miss the bus, to lose an opportunity
noun
9.
a failure to reach, hit, meet, find, etc
10.
(informal) give something a miss, to avoid (something) give the lecture a miss, give the pudding a miss
See also miss out
Derived Forms
missable, adjective
Word Origin
Old English missan (meaning: to fail to hit); related to Old High German missan, Old Norse missa

miss2

/mɪs/
noun
1.
(informal) an unmarried woman or girl, esp a schoolgirl
Word Origin
C17: shortened form of mistress

Miss

/mɪs/
noun
1.
a title of an unmarried woman or girl, usually used before the surname or sometimes alone in direct address
Word Origin
C17: shortened from mistress
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Word Origin and History for missing out
miss
O.E. missan "fail to hit, fail in what was aimed at," influenced by O.N. missa "to miss, to lack;" both from P.Gmc. *missjan "to go wrong" (cf. O.Fris. missa, M.Du. missen, Ger. missen "to miss, fail"), from *missa- "in a changed manner," hence "abnormally, wrongly," from PIE base *mei- "to change" (root of mis- (1); see mutable). Meaning "to fail to get what one wanted" is from mid-13c. Sense of "to escape, avoid" is from 1520s; that of "to perceive with regret the absence or loss of (something or someone)" is from late 15c. Sense of "to not be on time for" is from 1823; to miss the boat in the figurative sense of "be too late for" is from 1929, originally nautical slang. The noun meaning "a failure to hit or attain" is recorded from 1550s (O.E. noun *miss meant "absence, loss"). To give something a miss "to abstain from, avoid" is from 1919. Phrase a miss is as good as a mile was originally, an inch, in a miss, is as good as an ell (see ell). To miss out (on) "fail to get" is from 1929. Missing link first attested 1851 in Lyell. Missing person is from 1876.
miss
"the term of honour to a young girl" [Johnson], shortened form of mistress. Earliest use (1645) is for "prostitute, concubine;" sense of "title for a young unmarried woman, girl" first recorded 1666. In the 1811 reprint of the slang dictionary, Miss Laycock is given as an underworld euphemism for "the monosyllable."
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Idioms and Phrases with missing out
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