for (the) want of

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of for (the) want of

: because of not having (something) : because (something) does not exist or is not available
  • For want of a better name, let's call it "Operation One."
  • People are dying for want of medical treatment.
  • The project failed for the want of adequate funding.

Word by Word Definitions

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  1. : to be needy or destitute

  2. : to have or feel need

  3. : to be necessary or needed

  1. : deficiency, lack

  2. : grave and extreme poverty that deprives one of the necessities of life

  3. : something wanted : need, desire


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