from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Absent; lacking.
  • adj. Not measuring up to standards or expectations.
  • prep. Without.
  • prep. Minus; less: an hour wanting 15 minutes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Absent or lacking.
  • prep. without
  • v. Present participle of want.
  • n. The state of wanting something; desire.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Absent; lacking; missing; also, deficient; destitute; needy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Deficient or lacking.
  • Needy; poor.
  • Except; less; minus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. inadequate in amount or degree
  • adj. nonexistent


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  • lacking

    She did not think her vocabulary was wanting, yet there were so many words that inevitably she found a few she didn't know.

    October 11, 2016