NOT DO STH/FAIL TO DO STH
1 (T) to not go somewhere or do something, especially when you want to but cannot: I'm really hungry. I missed breakfast. | Donna had to miss a week of school because of chickenpox.2 NOT HIT/GET HOLD OF (I, T) to not hit something or catch something: She fired at the target but missed. | miss sth: He ran to catch the ball but missed it. | miss doing sth: The car came screeching round the corner and just missed hitting a little boy who was crossing the road.3 miss a chance/opportunity to fail to use an opportunity to do something: A free trip to Jamaica was an opportunity he couldn't miss.4 I wouldn't miss it for the world spoken used to say that you really want to go to an event, see something etc5 miss the boat/bus informal to fail to take an opportunity: You'll miss the boat if you don't buy these shares now.BE TOO LATE6 (T) to be too late for something: By the time we got there we'd missed the beginning of the movie. | miss the train/bus etc: I overslept and missed the train.—opposite catch 1 (8) FEEL SAD WITHOUT7 MISS SB (T) to feel sad because someone you love is not with you: When George went away I really missed him. | Will you miss me?8 MISS STH to feel sad because you do not have something or cannot do something you had or did before: I miss the car, but the bus system is good. | We really missed being able to go to the beach whenever we wanted.NOT NOTICE9 (T) to not see, hear, or notice something, especially when it is difficult to notice: Grandpa Joe spoke very slowly so that Charlie wouldn't miss a word. | J.D. noticed a design fault in the engine that everyone else had missed.10 you can't miss it/him etc spoken used to say that it is very easy to notice or recognize someone or something: He's the one in the red hat. You can't miss him.11 sb doesn't miss much spoken used to say that someone is good at noticing things, even small details: Old Mr Staines doesn't miss much, does he?12 sb doesn't miss a trick spoken used to say that someone notices every opportunity to get an advantage: The cunning old devil - he never misses a trick.AVOID STH13 AVOID STH (T) to avoid doing something or going somewhere, especially deliberately: If we leave now we should miss the traffic. | They narrowly missed being killed in the fire.NOTICE STH ISN'T THERE14 (T) to notice that something or someone is not in the place you expect them to be: I didn't miss my wallet till it came to paying the bill.OTHER MEANINGS15 miss the point to not understand the main point of what someone is saying16 sb's heart misses a beat used to say that someone is very excited, surprised, or frightened: When I spotted Christophe my heart missed a beat.17 without missing a beat if you do something without missing a beat, you do it without showing that you are very surprised or shocked: "I hear you're a private detective," he said, without missing a beat.18 ENGINE (I) if an engine misses, it stops working for a very short time and then starts againmiss out phrasal verb1 (I) to not have the chance to do something that you enjoy: Some children miss out because their parents can't afford to pay for school trips.(+ on): She married young and felt she was missing out on life.2 (transitive miss someone/something out) BrE to not include someone or something: Make sure you don't miss any details out.2 noun1 Miss Smith/Cleveland etc used in front of the family name of a woman who is not married to address her politely, to write to her, or to talk about her—compare Mrs, Ms, —see Mr2 TEACHER BrE used by children when addressing a female teacher, whether she is married or not: I know the answer, Miss.—compare sir (5)3 Miss Italy/Ohio/World etc used before the name of a country, city etc which a woman represents in a beauty competition4 YOUNG WOMAN old-fashioned used as a polite way of addressing a young woman when you do not know her name: Excuse me, miss, you've dropped your umbrella.—compare madam (1), sir (1)5 YOPUNG GIRL (C) BrE a young girl, especially one who has been naughty or rude: a cheeky little miss6 give sth a miss informal especially BrE to decide not to do something: I think I'll give aerobics a miss this week.7 NOT HIT/CATCH (C) a failed attempt to hit, catch, or hold something: an exciting game with three shots at goal and only two misses8 a miss is as good as a mile used to say that although someone failed by only a small amount to do something, they were still unsuccessful—see also: hitandmiss
Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.