Definition of ‘miss out on’ from Merriam-Webster:
to miss the opportunity or obligation
Here’s my problem: I have used ‘missed out on’ in my context as a way to refer to an experience that someone didn’t get to have. This person didn’t ‘miss out on’ having the experience by their own choice, but because of external factors. The phrase ‘miss out on’ perfectly expresses what I’m trying to say, but messes up the flow of my sentence, so I looked up synonyms for the phrase. Unfortunately, all of the synonyms listed, as well as those I found on sites other than Merriam-Webster, seem to imply that an experience/event was ‘missed out on’ voluntarily, which is not what I want to insinuate at all.
Synonyms from Merriam-Webster: fail, forget, omit, neglect
Words Related To ‘miss out on’ from Merriam-Webster: disregard, ignore, overlook, overpass, pass over, pretermit,
Here is an example of the way I used the phrase: Henry wanted to know what he’d (missed out on) when his dog jumped the fence.
(Imagine that he was in a conversation with two other people, but mostly listening, as they had the most to say about the topic. Because his dog jumped the fence, he had to chase after it and missed out on the rest of their exchange.)
I’d prefer a single word, though I think it’s unlikely that there is one, but any suggestions are welcome. Thanks in advance.
If he thinks his dog jumping the fence made him miss out on the rest of the conversation, and he felt that the dog had taken away his opportunity to listen in.
then you might use : rob of.
But, you’ll probably have to rephrase the whole sentence(as it only works here passively) in order to use it, or explain it better with another sentence.
Something along the lines of :
Henry wanted to know what he’d (been robbed of) by his dog jumping the fence.
rob someone of something
To deprive someone of something, not necessarily by theft. What you have done has robbed me of my dignity! If you do that, you will rob yourself of your future.