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    Is there a difference between "a lost person" and "a missing person"?

    Can one say:
    1-He is lost.
    instead of:
    2-He is missing.

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    Re: lost

    If a person is lost, he doesn't know where he is.

    If a person is missing, other people don't know where he (the missing person) is. [The missing person may want to be missing.]

    If a thing is missing it is an inclusive term that could mean lost, stolen, misplaced or moved for some other reason.

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