want for

phrasal verb

wanted for; wanting for; wants for
: to be without (someone or something) : to lack (someone or something)
She certainly will never want for friends.

Examples of want for in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then, the police went to another party member with a list of people wanted for the vandalism. John Eligon Joao Silva, New York Times, 17 Feb. 2024 Mac's fiancé, Lee Pfund, pulled off the surprise proposal with a little help from their French bulldog Pearl The only thing Adam Mac wanted for his birthday was another French bulldog. Tricia Despres, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 Given a second pass, if what regulators and politicians want for banks is so good for them, why the need for regulations or laws? John Tamny, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024 Investigators said Cobb was pulled over July 31 on Interstate 94 by three troopers for not having taillights turned on at night, and troopers determined he was wanted for violating a protective order in Ramsey County. Andy Rose, CNN, 30 Jan. 2024 One of the troopers, Brett Seide, checked Cobb’s record and found he was wanted for violating a protection order in neighboring Ramsey County. Mark Vancleave, Twin Cities, 29 Jan. 2024 But after he was stopped, the trooper learned Cobb was wanted for a felony-level violation, the DPS said. Deena Zaru, ABC News, 24 Jan. 2024 Orban has praised Trump’s positive relationship with Putin, wanted for war crimes by the International Criminal Court for abducting thousands of children from Ukraine, and has said if Trump returns to the White House, there will be no support for Ukraine or NATO. Tom Zirpoli, Baltimore Sun, 2 Jan. 2024 The same suspect is also wanted for a stabbing that took place on Jan. 8 at 157th Street and 137th Avenue. Jesse Zanger, CBS News, 17 Jan. 2024 See More

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“Want for.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/want%20for. Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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