Definitions for wantingˈwɒn tɪŋ, ˈwɔn-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

want•ingˈwɒn tɪŋ, ˈwɔn-(adj.)

  1. lacking or absent:

    a motor with some of the parts wanting.

  2. deficient in some part or respect:

    to be wanting in courtesy.

  3. (prep.)lacking; without:

    a box wanting a lid.

  4. less; minus:

    a century wanting three years.

Origin of wanting:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. lacking, absent, missing, wanting(adj)


    "the thumb is absent"; "her appetite was lacking"

  2. deficient, lacking(p), wanting(p)(adj)

    inadequate in amount or degree

    "a deficient education"; "deficient in common sense"; "lacking in stamina"; "tested and found wanting"


  1. wanting(Noun)

    The state of wanting something; desire.

  2. wanting(Adjective)

    Absent or lacking.

  3. wanting(Preposition)


Webster Dictionary

  1. Wanting

    of Want

  2. Wanting(adj)

    absent; lacking; missing; also, deficient; destitute; needy; as, one of the twelve is wanting; I shall not be wanting in exertion

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wanting' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4184

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wanting' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2060


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