Definitions for wantwɒnt, wɔnt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

want*wɒnt, wɔnt(v.t.)

  1. to feel a need or a desire for; wish for:

    to want a new dress.

  2. to wish or need (often fol. by an infinitive):

    I want to see you.

  3. to be deficient in:

    to want judgment.

  4. to require or need:

    The house wants painting.

  5. to have an arrest warrant for:

    They want him in Arizona for armed robbery.

  6. (v.i.)to feel inclined; wish (often fol. by to):

    We can stay home if you want.

  7. to be deficient; have a need (sometimes fol. by for):

    He did not want for abilities.

  8. to be in a state of neediness or poverty: She would never allow

    her parents to want.

  9. to be lacking or absent:

    All that wants is your signature.

  10. (n.)something wanted or needed:

    My wants are few.

  11. something desired or demanded:

    a person of childish wants.

  12. absence or deficiency; lack:

    for want of rain.

  13. a state of need:

    to be in want of an assistant.

  14. a state of destitution; poverty:

    a country where want is virtually unknown.

Idioms for want:

  1. 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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. privation, want, deprivation, neediness(noun)

    a state of extreme poverty

  2. 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"

  3. need, want(noun)

    anything that is necessary but lacking

    "he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs"; "I tried to supply his wants"

  4. wish, wishing, want(verb)

    a specific feeling of desire

    "he got his wish"; "he was above all wishing and desire"

  5. desire, want(verb)

    feel or have a desire for; want strongly

    "I want to go home now"; "I want my own room"

  6. want, need, require(verb)

    have need of

    "This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner"

  7. want(verb)

    hunt or look for; want for a particular reason

    "Your former neighbor is wanted by the FBI"; "Uncle Sam wants you"

  8. want(verb)

    wish or demand the presence of

    "I want you here at noon!"

  9. want(verb)

    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

  1. want(verb)ɒnt, wɔnt

    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!

  2. wantɒnt, wɔnt

    used to offer sb sth

    Do you want any help?; Do you want some cake?

  3. wantɒnt, wɔnt

    used to offer sth to a group

    Who wants to dance?

  4. wantɒnt, wɔnt

    used after you offer sb sth

    I can give you a ride if you want.

  5. wantɒnt, wɔnt

    used to say it is acceptable for sb to do sth

    "Mom, can I have ice cream?" "If you want."


  1. want(Noun)

    A desire, wish, longing.

  2. want(Noun)

    Lack, absence.

  3. want(Noun)


  4. want(Verb)

    To wish for or to desire (something).

  5. want(Verb)

    To be lacking, not to exist.

    There was something wanting in the play.

  6. want(Verb)

    To lack, not to have (something).

  7. want(Verb)

    To be in need of; to require (something).

    That chair wants fixing.

  8. Want(ProperNoun)

    A personification of want.

  9. want(Contraction)

    was not

  10. 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: .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Want(verb)

    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

  2. Want(verb)

    specifically, absence or lack of necessaries; destitution; poverty; penury; indigence; need

  3. Want(verb)

    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

  4. Want(verb)

    a depression in coal strata, hollowed out before the subsequent deposition took place

  5. Want(verb)

    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

  6. Want(verb)

    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

  7. Want(verb)

    to feel need of; to wish or long for; to desire; to crave

  8. Want(verb)

    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

  9. Want(verb)

    to be in a state of destitution; to be needy; to lack


  1. Want

    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.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'want' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #197

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'want' in Written Corpus Frequency: #95

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'want' in Verbs Frequency: #23

Anagrams of want

  1. tawn

Translations for want

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


something desired

The child has a long list of wants.

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