Want definition

wŏnt, wônt
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To have an inclination toward; like.

Say what you want, but be tactful.

verb
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To be in need of; require.
verb
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Pressing need; destitution.

Lives in want.

noun
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(informal) To be obliged (to do something).

You want to be careful on the ice.

verb
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To desire; wish or long.

To want to travel.

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To have a need or lack.

To want for money.

verb
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Something desired.

A person of few wants and needs.

noun
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To be short by (a specified amount)

It wants twelve minutes of midnight.

verb
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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.

verb
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To desire (someone to do something).

I want you to clean your room.

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To request the presence or assistance of.

You are wanted by your office.

verb
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To be inclined or desirous; wish.

Call me daily if you want.

verb
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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?

verb
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(chiefly brit.) To require; need.

This wants attending to.

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To wish to see or speak with (someone)

Wanted on the phone.

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To wish to apprehend, as for questioning or arrest.

Wanted by the police.

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To lack the necessities of life; be destitute or impoverished.

“Waste not, want not”

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(rare) To be lacking or missing for completeness or a certain result.

There wants but his approval.

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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.

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Something needed or desired but lacking; need.
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(intransitive, now dated) To be lacking, not to exist. [from 13th c.]

There was something wanting in the play.

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To lack, not to have (something). [from 13th c.]
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(colloquially with verbal noun as object) To be in need of; to require (something). [from 15th c.]

That chair wants fixing.

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(intransitive, dated) To be in a state of destitution; to be needy; to lack.
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(countable) A desire, wish, longing.
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(countable, often followed by of) Lack, absence.
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(uncountable) Poverty.
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Something needed or desired; a thing of which the loss is felt.
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(UK, mining) A depression in coal strata, hollowed out before the subsequent deposition took place.
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A personification of want.
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To have too little of; be deficient in; lack.
verb
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A defect of character; a fault.
noun
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The condition or quality of lacking something usual or necessary.

Stayed home for want of anything better to do.

noun
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To feel the need of; long for; crave.

To want adventure.

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Want is defined as to feel a wish, desire or need for something.

An example of want is to desire a cup of coffee.

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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.

noun
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To be without; lack.
verb
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To seek with intent to capture.

The fugitive is wanted by the police.

verb
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A lack of the necessities of life; poverty; destitution.

To live in want.

noun
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A wish or desire for something; craving.
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want in (or out or off, etc.)
  • to want to get, go, or come in (or out, off, etc.)
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
want
Plural:
wants

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

want in (<i>or</i> out <i>or</i> off, <i>etc.</i>)

Origin of want

  • Middle English wanten to be lacking from Old Norse vanta euə- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English wanten (“to lack"), from Old Norse vanta (“to lack"), from Proto-Germanic *wanatōnÄ… (“to be wanting, lack"), from *wanô (“lack, deficiency"), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)wAn-, *wān- (“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.

    From Wiktionary