They all want this cup of coffee.
- The definition of a want is something desired or wished for.
An example of want is a latte with an extra shot of espresso after a tiring day.
- Want is defined as to feel a wish, desire or need for something.
An example of want is to desire a cup of coffee.
- to have too little of; be deficient in; lack
- to be short by (a specified amount): it wants twelve minutes of midnight
- to feel the need of; long for; crave: to want adventure
- to desire; wish or long: followed by the infinitive: to want to travel
- to wish to see or speak with (someone): wanted on the phone
- to wish to apprehend, as for questioning or arrest: wanted by the police
- Chiefly Brit. to require; need: this wants attending to
Origin of wantMiddle English wanten ; from Old Norse vanta, to be lacking, want: see wantthe
- to have a need or lack: usually with for: to want for money
- to lack the necessities of life; be destitute or impoverished: “Waste not, want not”
- Rare to be lacking or missing for completeness or a certain result: there wants but his approval
- the state or fact of lacking, or having too little of, something needed or desired; scarcity; shortage; lack: to suffer from want of adequate care
- a lack of the necessities of life; poverty; destitution: to live in want
- a wish or desire for something; craving
- something needed or desired but lacking; need
Origin of wantME < ON vant, neut. of vanr, deficient < IE base *(e)w?-, to lack > L vanus, empty
want in (or out or off, etc.)
verbwant·ed, want·ing, wants
- a. To have a strong feeling to have (something); wish (to possess or do something); desire greatly: She wants a glass of water. They want to leave. See Synonyms at desire.b. To desire (someone to do something): I want you to clean your room.
- a. To request the presence or assistance of: You are wanted by your office.b. To seek with intent to capture: The fugitive is wanted by the police.
- To have an inclination toward; like: Say what you want, but be tactful.
- Informal To be obliged (to do something): You want to be careful on the ice.
- To be in need of; require: “‘Your hair wants cutting,’ said the Hatter” (Lewis Carroll).
- To be without; lack.
- The condition or quality of lacking something usual or necessary: stayed home for want of anything better to do.
- Pressing need; destitution: lives in want.
- Something desired: a person of few wants and needs.
- A defect of character; a fault.
Origin of wantMiddle English wanten, to be lacking, from Old Norse vanta; see eu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present wants, present participle wanting, simple past and past participle wanted)
- To wish for or to desire (something). [from 18th c.]
- What do you want to eat? I want you to leave. I never wanted to go back to live with my mother. I want to be an astronaut when I'm older. I don't want him to marry Gloria, I want him to marry me! What do you want from me? Do you want anything from the shops?
- (intransitive, now dated) To be lacking, not to exist. [from 13th c.]
- There was something wanting in the play.
- To lack, not to have (something). [from 13th c.]
- (colloquially with verbal noun as object) To be in need of; to require (something). [from 15th c.]
- That chair wants fixing.
- (intransitive, dated) To be in a state of destitution; to be needy; to lack.
- This is a catenative verb.
(countable and uncountable, plural wants)
From Middle English wanten (“to lack"), from Old Norse vanta (“to lack"), from Proto-Germanic *wanatÅnÄ… (“to be wanting, lack"), from *wanÃ´ (“lack, deficiency"), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)wAn-, *wÄn- (“empty"). Cognate with Middle High German wan (“not full, empty"), Middle Dutch wan (“empty, poor"), Old English wana (“want, lack, absence, deficiency"), Latin vanus (“empty"). See wan.
- A personification of want.