American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To desire greatly; wish for: They want to leave. She wants a glass of water. See Synonyms at desire.
- v. To desire (someone to do something): I want you to clean your room.
- v. To request the presence or assistance of: You are wanted by your office.
- v. To seek with intent to capture: The fugitive is wanted by the police.
- v. To have an inclination toward; like: Say what you want, but be tactful.
- v. Informal To be obliged (to do something): You want to be careful on the ice.
- v. To be without; lack. See Synonyms at lack.
- v. To be in need of; require: "'Your hair wants cutting,' said the Hatter” ( Lewis Carroll).
- v. To have need: wants for nothing.
- v. To be destitute or needy.
- v. To be disposed; wish: Call me daily if you want.
- n. The condition or quality of lacking something usual or necessary: stayed home for want of anything better to do.
- n. Pressing need; destitution: lives in want.
- n. Something desired: a person of few wants and needs.
- n. A defect of character; a fault.
- want in Slang To desire greatly to enter: The dog wants in.
- want in Slang To wish to join a project, business, or other undertaking.
- want out Slang To desire greatly to leave: The cat wants out.
- want out Slang To wish to leave a project, a business, or other undertaking.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Lacking; deficient.
- n. Lack; deficiency; scarcity; dearth, or absence of what is needed or desired: as, want of thought; want of money.
- n. A vacant part, place, or space; a vacancy.
- n. That which is lacking, but needed; the vacancy caused by the absence of some need ful, important, or desirable thing.
- n. The state of being without means; poverty; penury; indigence.
- n. A time of need.
- n. That which cannot be dispensed with; a necessity.
- n. In coal-mining, same as nip, 8.
- n. Synonyms Insufficiency, scantiness, dearth, default, failure.
- n. Requirement, de sideratum.
- n. Need, Indigence, etc. (see poverty), dis tress, straits.
- To be without; be destitute of; lack: as, to want knowledge or judgment; to want food, clothing, or money.
- To be deficient in; fall short in; be lack ing in respect of, or to the amount of.
- To do without; dispense with; spare.
- To have occasion for, as something requi site, useful, or proper; require; need.
- To feel a desire for; feel the need of; wish or long for; desire; crave.
- To desire to see, speak to, or do business with; desire the presence or assistance of; de sire or require to do something: as, you are the very man we want; call me if I am wanted; the general wanted him to capture the battery. Synonyms Need, etc. See
lack, transitive verb
- To be lacking, deficient, or absent.
- To fail; give out; fall short.
- To be in need; suffer from lack of some thing.
- n. The mole or moldwarp.
- n. A glove.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The state of not having; the condition of being without anything; absence or scarcity of what is needed or desired; deficiency; lack.
- n. Specifically, absence or lack of necessaries; destitution; poverty; penury; indigence; need.
- n. 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.
- n. (Mining), engraving A depression in coal strata, hollowed out before the subsequent deposition took place.
- v. To be without; to be destitute of, or deficient in; not to have; to lack
- v. To have occasion for, as useful, proper, or requisite; to require; to need.
- v. To feel need of; to wish or long for; to desire; to crave.
- v. 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
- v. To be in a state of destitution; to be needy; to lack.
- n. a specific feeling of desire
- v. feel or have a desire for; want strongly
- n. anything that is necessary but lacking
- v. wish or demand the presence of
- n. a state of extreme poverty
- n. the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable
- v. be without, lack; be deficient in
- v. hunt or look for; want for a particular reason
- v. have need of
- From Middle English wanten ("to lack"), from Old Norse vanta ("to lack"), from Proto-Germanic *wanatōnan (“to be wanting, lack”), from *wanô (“lack, deficiency”), from Proto-Indo-European *(e)wAn-, *wān- (“empty”). Cognate with Middle High German wan ("not full, empty"), Middle Dutch wan ("empty, poor"), Old English wana ("want, lack, absence, deficiency"), Latin vanus ("empty"). See wan. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English wanten, to be lacking, from Old Norse vanta. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Oh, you mean he doesn't ***really*** want to follow God's Law, but wants to do what all fundagelicals do, and pretend that God's Law is what ever bits of the Bible they *want* to follow, while insisting Jesus, in obviously one of his "unpublished" works, overturned the bits they don't?”
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“In the world I want to see, not only would women have complete freedom to choose abortion, those who *want* to carry to term would be supported–in meaningful ways, ie financial support, affordable childcare, etc.”
“ This individual would not want any interaction, as he did not want interaction on a one-to-one basis.”
“Each individual perceived some want in his neighbor, and forthwith proceeded to supply this want, _charging just as much for the thing supplied as the desire for the article or his need of it would force the person supplied to pay; without reference to the equitable price, estimated with respect to the labor bestowed in supplying the want_.”
“They can then consult their own wishes in the matter, they can have intercourse whenever they want and _the way they want_.”
“Really know what you want as a home, _want it_, and you can work out any scheme, provided you have intelligence, patience and perseverance.”
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