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, 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"


  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

  10. Origin: [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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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

How to pronounce want?

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How to say want in sign language?

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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. Jason Anderson:

    Do you want this?

  2. Nicholas Ta:

    I want to believe.

  3. Bikram Choudhury:

    I want to show you.

  4. President Barack Obama:

    I want to fix that.

  5. Claudia Gonzalez:

    We want to be free.

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