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1wanting

adjective want·ing \ˈwän-tiŋ\

: not having all that is needed or expected

Full Definition of WANTING

1
:  not present or in evidence :  absent
2
a :  not being up to standards or expectations
b :  lacking in ability or capacity :  deficient
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Examples of WANTING

  1. <we tried her cooking and found it to be very wanting>
  2. <at this time of year food for many wild animals is wanting>

First Known Use of WANTING

15th century

Related to WANTING

Synonyms
bastard, bush, bush-league, crummy (also crumby), deficient, dissatisfactory, ill, inferior, lame, lousy, off, paltry, poor, punk, sour, suboptimal, subpar, substandard, unacceptable, unsatisfactory, wack [slang], bad, wretched, wrong
Antonyms
acceptable, adequate, all right, decent, fine, OK (or okay), passable, respectable, satisfactory, standard, tolerable

2wanting

preposition

Definition of WANTING

1
:  without <a book wanting a cover>
2
:  less, minus <a month wanting two days>

Examples of WANTING

  1. <a mitten wanting its mate>

First Known Use of WANTING

15th century

Related to WANTING

WANTING Defined for Kids

wanting

adjective want·ing \ˈwn-tiŋ, ˈwän-\

Definition of WANTING for Kids

:  falling below a standard, hope, or need <The plan was found wanting.>

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