What does want mean?

Definitions for want
wɒnt, wɔntwant

Here are all the possible meanings 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"

Wiktionary

  1. wantnoun

    A desire, wish, longing.

    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: .

  2. wantnoun

    Lack, absence.

    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: .

  3. wantnoun

    Poverty.

    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: .

  4. wantverb

    To wish for or to desire (something).

    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: .

  5. wantverb

    To be lacking, not to exist.

    There was something wanting in the play.

    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: .

  6. wantverb

    To lack, not to have (something).

    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: .

  7. wantverb

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

    That chair wants fixing.

    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: .

  8. Wantnoun

    A personification of want.

    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: .

  9. wantcontraction

    was not

    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: .

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

    Etymology: [Icel. vanta to be wanting. See Want to lack.]

  2. Wantverb

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

    Etymology: [Icel. vanta to be wanting. See Want to lack.]

  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

    Etymology: [Icel. vanta to be wanting. See Want to lack.]

  4. Wantverb

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

    Etymology: [Icel. vanta to be wanting. See Want to lack.]

  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

    Etymology: [Icel. vanta to be wanting. See Want to lack.]

  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

    Etymology: [Icel. vanta to be wanting. See Want to lack.]

  7. Wantverb

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

    Etymology: [Icel. vanta to be wanting. See Want to lack.]

  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

    Etymology: [Icel. vanta to be wanting. See Want to lack.]

  9. Wantverb

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

    Etymology: [Icel. vanta to be wanting. See Want to lack.]

Freebase

  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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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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Numerology

  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. Mary Sano:

    We want to demonstrate that what’s really present is a cognitive problem and not a psychological or physical problem, for a younger person, we’ll do a more rigorous workup, including imaging and other tests, because we want to make sure we get this right.

  2. San Francisco-based Pao:

    I've decided that I want to move forward, i’ve made an impact. People heard my story. This case has been part of a wave of change that I did n’t predict.

  3. Rahm Emanuel:

    I want to commend McDonald’s and their independent franchisees for demonstrating what it means to be a good corporate citizen and for investing in Chicago’s next generation, chicago is proud to partner with McDonald’s to ramp up our workforce development efforts and help create more opportunities for young men and women across our great city.

  4. Dominique Walker:

    It shows the pure evilness of speculators, this is why we want them out of our community. They have no respect for the communities, no respect for humanity, only respect for profit and greed. This house means nothing to them.

  5. Miki Turner:

    We put these people up on these pedestals and we're sort of guilty of perpetuating this graven imagery that we worship, and then when they fall, the first thing people want to do is like, take this away, take that away.

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    one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
    • A. motile
    • B. bibulous
    • C. valetudinarian
    • D. lacerate

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