Definitions for WANTwɒnt, wɔnt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to feel a need or a desire for; wish for:
to want a new dress.
to wish or need (often fol. by an infinitive):
I want to see you.
to be deficient in:
to want judgment.
to require or need:
The house wants painting.
to have an arrest warrant for:
They want him in Arizona for armed robbery.
(v.i.)to feel inclined; wish (often fol. by to):
We can stay home if you want.
to be deficient; have a need (sometimes fol. by for):
He did not want for abilities.
to be in a state of neediness or poverty: She would never allow
her parents to want.
to be lacking or absent:
All that wants is your signature.
(n.)something wanted or needed:
My wants are few.
something desired or demanded:
a person of childish wants.
absence or deficiency; lack:
for want of rain.
a state of need:
to be in want of an assistant.
a state of destitution; poverty:
a country where want is virtually unknown.
Idioms for want:
want in (or out),Informal. to desire admission or inclusion (or withdrawal).
Category: Idiom, Dialect
* Syn: See lack.
Origin of want:
1150–1200; ME wante < ON vanta to lack
privation, want, deprivation, neediness(noun)
a state of extreme poverty
lack, deficiency, want(noun)
the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable
"there is a serious lack of insight into the problem"; "water is the critical deficiency in desert regions"; "for want of a nail the shoe was lost"
anything that is necessary but lacking
"he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs"; "I tried to supply his wants"
wish, wishing, want(verb)
a specific feeling of desire
"he got his wish"; "he was above all wishing and desire"
feel or have a desire for; want strongly
"I want to go home now"; "I want my own room"
want, need, require(verb)
have need of
"This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner"
hunt or look for; want for a particular reason
"Your former neighbor is wanted by the FBI"; "Uncle Sam wants you"
wish or demand the presence of
"I want you here at noon!"
be without, lack; be deficient in
"want courtesy"; "want the strength to go on living"; "flood victims wanting food and shelter"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to wish for, or feel a need for
He wants a new car.; I want to go home.; The teacher wants us to write a poem.; I just wanted to thank you.; I want answers, right now!
used to offer sb sth
Do you want any help?; Do you want some cake?
used to offer sth to a group
Who wants to dance?
used after you offer sb sth
I can give you a ride if you want.
used to say it is acceptable for sb to do sth
"Mom, can I have ice cream?" "If you want."
A desire, wish, longing.
To wish for or to desire (something).
To be lacking, not to exist.
There was something wanting in the play.
To lack, not to have (something).
To be in need of; to require (something).
That chair wants fixing.
A personification of want.
Origin: Misspelt possibly by pronunciatory disanalogy with wonder–wander — whose first syllables are pronounced, respectively, and — the latter being closer to the pronunciation of won't: .
the state of not having; the condition of being without anything; absence or scarcity of what is needed or desired; deficiency; lack; as, a want of power or knowledge for any purpose; want of food and clothing
specifically, absence or lack of necessaries; destitution; poverty; penury; indigence; need
that which is needed or desired; a thing of which the loss is felt; what is not possessed, and is necessary for use or pleasure
a depression in coal strata, hollowed out before the subsequent deposition took place
to be without; to be destitute of, or deficient in; not to have; to lack; as, to want knowledge; to want judgment; to want learning; to want food and clothing
to have occasion for, as useful, proper, or requisite; to require; to need; as, in winter we want a fire; in summer we want cooling breezes
to feel need of; to wish or long for; to desire; to crave
to be absent; to be deficient or lacking; to fail; not to be sufficient; to fall or come short; to lack; -- often used impersonally with of; as, it wants ten minutes of four
to be in a state of destitution; to be needy; to lack
After he gets into the head of an insane man driven to torture, murder, and cannibalism by overwhelming despair and loneliness, Goren surprises his colleagues with a passionate plea that the man be spared the death penalty, and engineers the confession that will save the man's life through a plea bargain.
Translations for WANT
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
The child has a long list of wants.
- حاجَه، عَوَز، فُقْدانArabic
- desejoPortuguese (BR)
- der WunschGerman
- ósk, þörfIcelandic
- 원하는 것Korean
- vēlēšanās; vajadzībaLatvian
- prianie, potrebaSlovak
- vilja ha,önskaSwedish
- ความต้องการ; ความอยากได้Thai
- istek, arzuTurkish
- 想要的東西Chinese (Trad.)
- nhu cầuVietnamese
- 需求的物品Chinese (Simp.)
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