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We "lose" something we had when we can no longer find it.

I lost my car keys.


To "miss" is to long for. It could be a person or a thing.

I miss my own bed when I'm on vacation.
I miss the old days when life was slower and less complicated.
I miss my friends from school.

To "miss" also means failure to do or achieve something due to arriving late.

I missed the flight.
I missed my favorite program on TV.
I missed the first speaker at the meeting.


"Waste" is to make bad use of something.

I wasted a lot of time and money on phone calls.
He wasted four years and all his parents' savings at the university before he discovered what he wanted to do.



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