What does want mean?

Definitions for want
wɒnt, wɔntwant

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word want.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. privation, want, deprivation, needinessnoun

    a state of extreme poverty

  2. lack, deficiency, wantnoun

    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, wantnoun

    anything that is necessary but lacking

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

  4. wish, wishing, wantverb

    a specific feeling of desire

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

  5. desire, wantverb

    feel or have a desire for; want strongly

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

  6. want, need, requireverb

    have need of

    "This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner"

  7. wantverb

    hunt or look for; want for a particular reason

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

  8. wantverb

    wish or demand the presence of

    "I want you here at noon!"

  9. wantverb

    be without, lack; be deficient in

    "want courtesy"; "want the strength to go on living"; "flood victims wanting food and shelter"


  1. wantnoun

    A desire, wish, longing.

  2. wantnoun

    Lack, absence.

  3. wantnoun


  4. wantverb

    To wish for or to desire (something).

  5. wantverb

    To be lacking, not to exist.

    There was something wanting in the play.

  6. wantverb

    To lack, not to have (something).

  7. wantverb

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

    That chair wants fixing.

  8. Wantnoun

    A personification of want.

  9. wantcontraction

    was not

  10. Etymology: 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:.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Wantnoun

    It infers the good
    By thee communicated, and our want. John Milton.

    Parents should distinguish between the wants of fancy, and those of nature. John Locke.

    This proceeded not from any want of knowledge, but of judgment. Dryden.

    One objection to Civita Vecchia, is, that the air is not wholesome: this proceeds from want of inhabitants. Addison.

    The blood flows through the vessels, by the excess of the force of the heart above the incumbent pressure, which in fat people is excessive; and as want of a due quantity of motion of the fluids increaseth fat, the disease is the cause of itself. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.

    You shall have no reason to complain of me, for want of a generous disdain of this world. Alexander Pope.

    Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches, as to conceive how others can be in want. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To Wantverb

    Etymology: wana , Saxon.

    Want no money, Sir John; you shall want none. William Shakespeare.

    A man to whom God hath given riches, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof. Eccl. vi. 2.

    Smells do most of them want names. John Locke.

    Nor can this be,
    But by fulfilling that which thou didst want,
    Obedience to the law. John Milton.

    Nor think, though men were none,
    That heav’n wou’d want spectators, God want praise. John Milton.

    By descending from the thrones above,
    Those happy places, thou hast deign’d a-while
    To want, and honour these. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    How loth I am to have recourse to rites
    So full of horror, that I once rejoice
    I want the use of sight. John Dryden, Oedipus.

    The unhappy never want enemies. Clarissa.

    It hath caused a great irregularity in our calendar, and wants to be reformed, and the equinox to be rightly computed. William Holder.

    God, who sees all things intuitively, does not want helps; he neither stands in need of logick, nor uses it. Thomas Baker.

    Down I come, like glist’ring Phaeton,
    Wanting the manage of unruly jades. William Shakespeare.

    The sylvans to their shades retire,
    Those very shades and streams new shades and streams require,
    And want a cooling breeze of wind to fan the raging fire. Dry.

    What wants my son? for know
    My son thou art, and I must call thee so. Joseph Addison, Ovid.

    Men who want to get a woman into their power, seldom scruple the means. Clarissa.

  3. To Wantverb

    Nor did there want cornice or freeze. John Milton.

    Finds wealth where ’tis, bestows it where it wants;
    Cities in desarts, woods in cities plants. John Denham.

    We have the means in our hands, and nothing but the application of them is wanting. Addison.

    As in bodies, thus in souls, we find
    What wants in blood and spirits, swell’d with wind. Alexander Pope.

    The design, the disposition, the manners, and the thoughts, are all before it; where any of those are wanting, or imperfect, so much wants in the imitation of human life. Dryden.

    Nor shall I to the work thou enterprisest
    Be wanting, but afford thee equal aid. John Milton.

    Though England is not wanting in a learned nobility, yet unhappy circumstances have confined me to a narrow choice. John Dryden, Dedication to Lord Clifford.

    Whatever fortune, good or bad betide,
    No time shall find me wanting to my truth. Dryden.

    Religion will never be without enemies, nor those enemies be wanting in endeavours to expose it to the contempt of mankind. John Rogers, Sermons.

    Several are against his severe usage of you, and would be glad of an occasion to convince the rest of their error, if you will not be wanting to yourself. Jonathan Swift.

    Twelve, wanting one, he slew,
    My brethren: I alone surviv’d. Dryden.

    Granivorous animals have a long colon and cæcum, which in carnivorous are wanting. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.


  1. WANT

    WANT (98.9 FM) is a radio station licensed to Lebanon, Tennessee, broadcasting at 98.9 MHz. Most of WANT's broadcast day is simulcast over 1490 AM WCOR, with some exceptions.


  1. want

    A want refers to a desire or a wish for something that is not necessarily essential or necessary for survival. It is often driven by personal preferences, aspirations, or goals, and can encompass various material or immaterial things, experiences, or achievements that individuals seek to obtain or accomplish. Wants are subjective and can vary greatly among individuals based on their personal values, interests, and societal influences.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wantverb

    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. Wantverb

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

  3. Wantverb

    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. Wantverb

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

  5. Wantverb

    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. Wantverb

    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. Wantverb

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

  8. Wantverb

    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. Wantverb

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

  10. Etymology: [Icel. vanta to be wanting. See Want 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Want

    wont, n. state of being without anything: absence of what is needful or desired: poverty: scarcity: need.—v.t. to be destitute of: to need: to dispense with: to feel need of: to fall short: to wish for.—v.i. to be deficient: to fall short: to be in need.—n. Wan′tage, deficiency.—adj. Wan′ted, sought after, being searched for.—n. Wan′ter, one who wants.—adj. Wan′ting, absent: deficient: (obs.) poor.—prep. except.—n. Want′-wit (Shak.), a fool. [Scand., Ice. vant, neut. of vanr, lacking; cog. with wane.]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. WANT

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Want is ranked #46487 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Want surname appeared 458 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Want.

    63.7% or 292 total occurrences were White.
    16.1% or 74 total occurrences were Asian.
    14.4% or 66 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    3% or 14 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of want in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of want in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of want in a Sentence

  1. John Burroughs:

    I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.

  2. Giovanni Rocco:

    The simple rumors of what happened with Jimmy Hoffa and then being in jail and Jimmy Hoffa taking Jimmy Hoffa pension away. That's a huge pension for a guy like Tony Pro, you know, to lose. That's everything for him, having knowing the intimate details on my end of how it takes place and how do you want me to let you know ? You know, a simple phone call, it could be a simple phone call. Or it could be if I hate you that much, I want to see it. Better yet, I want to be the guy to do it. Better yet, I want to be there. I want to watch him. Better yet, when you do it, I want him to be looking in my eyes. I want his soul to be looking at me when the lights go out. That's the mentality of these guys.

  3. Congressman John Lewis of Georgia:

    I believe - Itruly believe - the time to begin impeachment proceedings against this president has come, todelay or to do otherwise will betray the foundation of our democracy. CLICK HERE TO GET THE OPINION NEWSLETTER Are you confused yet ? If so, we dont blame you. If you left town for the week, you may be wondering what the hell is going on exactly. Impeachment ? For years, they told you that Donald Trump was going to be impeached for colluding with Russia, spying for Putin. Then it turned out Donald Trump didnt do that. The story evaporated into dust and seemed to blow away. Then just a few days ago, they were grumbling about impeachment again, and they dragged in Corey Lewandowski. Remember Corey Lewandowski ? They brought Corey Lewandowski to Capitol Hill to make their case. That didnt go well at all. Rep. Nadler You, D-N.Y., House Judiciary Committee chairman : And so we ask you, is it correct that as reported in the Mueller report on June 19th, 2017, you met alone in the Oval Office with the president ? Corey Lewandowski, former Donald Trump campaign manager : Did you read the exact language of the report ? I dont have it available to me. Nadler You : I dont think I need to do that. I have limited time. Did you meet alone with the President on that date ? Lewandowski : Congressman, Id like you to refresh my memory by providing a copy of the report so I can follow along. Nadler You : You dont have a copy with you ? Lewandowski I dont have a copy of the report, congressman. Nadler You dont have any independent recollection of whether you met with the President on that date. Lewandowski : Congressman, Im just trying to find in the Mueller report where it states that. Nadler You : Well, you have it in front of you. I gave you the page number. Corey Lewandowski : We are on Page 90, is it, sir ? Unidentified male : Mr. Chairman, youve got to the clock. Nadler You : No, I dont have to start the clock. Nadler You is filibustering. It didnt take much for Chairman Nadler to collapse live on C - SPAN -- pretty embarrassing. Youd think at some point, Democrats might just decide to run a real presidential campaign in 2020 and beat Donald Trump that way, just like in a democracy. It would have to be more effective than what theyre doing now, and the numbers show it. As of this morning, Donald Trump Trumps approval rating was the highest it has been since the inauguration. But no, Democrat dont want to wait until the next election. They dont want to wait until November. Politics takes too long, and it leaves too much to chance. The risk of democracy is voters might not agree with you. Hillary Clinton learned that the hard way in 2016. And the one thing Democrats dont want to do is to repeat that. Better to remove your opponents by force, if you can. Which brings us to the latest question of impeachment : What exactly is this about ? Sorry to laugh in the middle of this -- weve spent all day trying to figure out what is the impeachment story. Its about Ukraine. Its less than a week old. And so you might be forgiven for not understanding why would the president be impeached for a story that the Democrats literally cant explain ? What did the president do wrong ? Were going to do our best to tell you the case that theyre making. And honestly, as we said, its confusing and not all that interesting. Within a sentence, here is what theyre saying. Theyre saying that in a phone call with the president of Ukraine, Donald Trump threatened to delay a $ 400 million military aid package to Ukraine, unless the Ukrainian government agreed to investigate possible criminal activity involving Joe Bidens son. Why Joe Bidens son ? Well for five years, Joe Bidens son, Joe Bidens, it turns out, was paid hundreds of thousands of dollars per year to serve on the board of a Ukrainian gas company. Why would Joe Bidens son be on the board of a Ukrainian gas company ? Joe Bidens had no experience in the energy business. Joe Bidens didnt speak the relevant language. Joe Bidens apparently had no experience whatsoever in the region. It turns out at that very moment, Joe Biden was President Obamas point man for Ukraine. Oh. So at a certain point during this saga, the gas company in question was investigated. And then in 2016, the Ukrainian prosecutor overseeing that investigation was fired. Apparently, he was fired under pressure from Joe Biden. Now to the layman, that looks a lot like corruption. What does it have to do with the president being impeached ? Well, the accusation is that Donald Trump suggested that that squelched investigation deserved a second look. And Democrats say that suggestion was an impeachable offense. Are you following this ? Of course, there are plenty of other reasons that the U.S. might not want to send $ 400 million to Ukraine. Its a notoriously corrupt country, for one thing. What do we get out of it, is another. And by the way, sending military aid to Ukraine may please the neocons in CNN -- Bill Kristol was strongly for it -- but it also greatly increases the chances of conflict with Russia. And of course, that would mean nuclear conflict potentially. Whats the point of that, exactly ? Nobody has bothered to explain why sending $ 400 million in military aid to Ukraine is in the interest of the United States. They havent even thought to explain that. Theyre too busy yelling about impeachment. And theyre doing it with all the hysterical intensity that has become the hallmark of the modern left. They have a lot of energy. Too bad, none of it is focused on the countrys real problems, and there are a lot of them. We dont want to go through the same litany again, but we will hit on just a couple because theyre worth mentioning. Our national debt is exploding. And that includes credit card debt, by the way. Personal debt at Donald Trumps approval rating ever measured. We have a war in Afghanistan that we cant seem to win or end. Our towns outside the big cities are being decimated and desiccated by opioids and suicide. If you havent been there, drive through and take a look for yourself. We have basically an open border with Mexico. Tech companies trying to control our freedom of speech. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP In many ways, our country is on the wrong track, and people know it. Everybody knows it, Democrats and Republicans. But instead of trying to fix any of that, Democrats want to spend the next year explaining -- and they plan to -- why it was perfectly fair for Joe Bidens neer-do-well sonto get 600 grand a year from Ukrainian oligarchs. Thats totally fine. But its somehow criminal for Donald Trump to ask about that. Thats the message. Good luck with that. Hard to imagine many voters will be impressed by it. Adapted from Tucker Carlsons monologue from.

  4. Starter Mike Fiers:

    Nobody is surprised to see Hendriks helping out. Everything he does is with a passion and care known well for his thoughtful work off the field as much as his intensity on it. Hendriks reliability in the ninth inning has earned him a solid reputation, too. But you wont hear Hendriks say it. He plans to earn the job again. I dont want to be complacent, he said. Going out there and making sure I put everything on the line every night is a big thing for me. The Oakland closer received a nice raise when he signed a $ 5.3 million, one-year contract last month to avoid salary arbitration. The 31-year-old Hendriks is approaching this season as if he has everything to prove once again. He plans to take the mound each opportunity he gets exhibiting the confidence that he can and will repeat what he did last season. The right-hander, a former opener for the As, went 4-4 with a 1.80 ERA and 25 saves over a career-high 75 appearances spanning 85 innings. I dont want to dwell too much on last year because I dont want to rest on my laurels. I dont want to go out there and be like, Oh, I had my good year, I can ride that wave as long as I can, Hendriks said. I want to go out there and prove that it wasnt a fluke. I want to go out there and prove that no matter what happened last year I still need to win the job this year. I dont want to be gifted anything. I dont want to be given anything, I want to go out there and make sure that in spring training I prove that I want this role, I want this job and Im going to run away with it and prove to everybody why I want it. Hendriks became a key piece for As manager Bob Melvin late in games last season as The Oakland earned the ALs top wild card before losing to Tampa Bay. Considering his topsy-turvy history, Melvin is hardly surprised by Hendriks focus. He got designated for assignment on June 25, 2018 and has been through that almost a half-dozen times now before starting The Oakland 7-2 wild-card loss at Yankee Stadium just more than three months later. You would expect that from somebody thats been through the trials and tribulations that hes been over his career, so I think it is more about him not relaxing at all, Melvin said. He wants to be pushed, he wants to earn everything that he gets. Hes come a long way. He had as dominant a year really as anybody in baseball. He has learned from other times when he thought things were going smoothly, saying, I dont like feeling like Ive got it in the bag because as soon as I do somethings always going to pop up, Hendriks said. I dealt with certain things very poorly in the past and my mindset to get over that was expect the worst and hope for the best, he said. Expect the worst and if something good happens youre able to handle it, rather than expecting things and if they didnt come to fruition, falling out a rabbit hole and being kind of self-deprecating and all that. Starter Mike Fiers appreciates Hendriks determination and focus to again show why he is fit to be the ninth-inning option. Everyone has their ups and downs, and thats similar to how I am. I dont want to just sit back and be like Listen, Ive got the job.

  5. John Burrough:

    I still find each day to short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see.

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