This might sound like a silly question, but what feelings does the verb "to miss (someone)" exactly express?
I know in which context the verb is used, but not the exact feelings behind it, if that makes sense, particularly because the verb is used in different contexts.
The dictionaries I have consulted (Oxford Learner's & Cambridge Dictionary) both define the verb as feeling sad about the fact that a person/thing is not present. They also both give these entries as an example:
- "Anne, who died on 22 July, will be sadly missed by all who knew her"
- "She will be sadly missed by all who knew her."
How do "sadly" & "missed" go together if "missed" includes "sad" in its definition? This leads me to think that "to miss" has a somewhat different meaning than sad. Am I correct in this?