verb \ˈwnt also ˈwänt & ˈwənt\

: to desire or wish for (something)

: to need (something)

: to be without (something needed)

Full Definition of WANT

intransitive verb
:  to be needy or destitute
:  to have or feel need <never wants for friends>
:  to be necessary or needed
:  to desire to come, go, or be <the cat wants in> <wants out of the deal>
transitive verb
:  to fail to possess especially in customary or required amount :  lack <the answer wanted courtesy>
a :  to have a strong desire for <wanted a chance to rest>
b :  to have an inclination to :  like <say what you want, he is efficient>
a :  to have need of :  require <the motor wants a tune-up>
b :  to suffer from the lack of <thousands still want food and shelter>
:  ought —used with the infinitive <you want to be very careful what you say — Claudia Cassidy>
:  to wish or demand the presence of
:  to hunt or seek in order to apprehend <wanted for murder>

Examples of WANT

  1. Do you want more coffee?
  2. He wants a bicycle for his birthday.
  3. I just wanted a chance to rest.
  4. She wanted more time to finish the test.
  5. Do you want anything from the store?
  6. What do you want for Christmas?
  7. You can choose whichever color you want.
  8. The motor wants a tune-up.
  9. Thousands of poor people still want food and shelter.
  10. Tell him that the teacher wants him.

Origin of WANT

Middle English, from Old Norse vanta; akin to Old English wan deficient
First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with WANT



: the state or condition of not having any or enough of something

: something that is desired or needed

: the state or condition of being poor

Full Definition of WANT

a :  deficiency, lack <suffers from a want of good sense>
b :  grave and extreme poverty that deprives one of the necessities of life
:  something wanted :  need, desire
:  personal defect :  fault

Examples of WANT

  1. His attitude shows a want of proper respect.
  2. He is suffering from want of adequate sleep.
  3. people who are living in want

First Known Use of WANT

13th century

Rhymes with WANT


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