not for want of

idiom

: not because of not having or doing (something)
Her failure to get the information was not for want of trying.

Examples of not for want of in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s not for want of headline fodder: Thirty-one people have died in Erie County jails since his appointment, most as a result of suicide or medical neglect. Raina Lipsitz, The New Republic, 19 Oct. 2021 But mathematicians couldn’t come up with counterexamples, and not for want of trying. Quanta Magazine, 12 Apr. 2021 But that’s not for want of trying. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 31 Mar. 2023 That is not for want of effort by Britain’s conservative tabloids. Stephen Castle, New York Times, 2 Jan. 2023 There are no treatments that address the genetic cause of the disease, but not for want of trying. Ryan Cross, BostonGlobe.com, 8 Dec. 2022 Climate leadership is failing, though not for want of ideas. Sarah Sloat, WIRED, 20 Nov. 2022 But that’s not for want of natural and historical wonders. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2022 And yet in the summer of 2021, the National Prescription Opiate Litigation remains unsettled, and not for want of the judge’s hopes and hectoring. Jack Fowler, National Review, 24 June 2021

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“Not for want of.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/not%20for%20want%20of. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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