Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of the armed services who is reported missing following a combat mission and whose status as to injury, capture, or death is unknown.

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  • Missing In Action
  • Mutual Improvement Association

Etymologies

m(issing) i(n) a(ction).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Public perception of the word "MIA" is ashes on an isolated mountainside, or someone lost at the bottom of the sea.

    Mellor, Fredrick M.

  • For those of you who have been mystified by the federal government's recent handling of the economic crisis, here is another overlooked head-scratcher to add to the list: Why has the SBA been MIA from the menu of policy solutions?

    Big Stimulus For Small Business

  • MIA is festooned with signs bragging that it was selected as the ‘airport of the year’ last year.

    Discourse.net: Welcome Home

  • MIA is one of the worst anywhere, well maybe not as bad as Kinshasa, but I still hate it.

    Discourse.net: Welcome Home

  • And, for those of you locally, be warned: the art the MIA is using in its advertising is NOT in the show.

    Day in the Life of an Idiot

  • One list that Mr. Pincus kept, said people familiar with it, was known as his MIA list, for executives who did so little he considered them "missing in action."

    Zynga Leans On Some Workers to Surrender Pre-IPO Shares

  • While Christopher was once again MIA, much to the chagrin of Lorelai who had to spend the entire day alone with her mother.

    A GILMORE GIRLS Nightmare | the TV addict

  • I've been MIA from the net the last few days so I am trying to catch up.

    Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

  • Richardson, Quentin MIA 76 75 2082 242 561 .431 142 358 .397 52 71 .732 64 310 374 93 169 0 70 62 18 678 8.9

    USATODAY.com

  • I haven't bothered to go through the channels to count how many fewer are English-language, but among the MIA is Discovery (in English).

    Local Cable

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