for (the) want of

idiom (1)

Definition of for (the) want of

 (Entry 1 of 5)

: 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.

in want of

idiom (2)

Definition of in want of (Entry 2 of 5)

: in the condition of wanting or needing (something) The house is in want of repairs.

not for want of

idiom (3)

Definition of not for want of (Entry 3 of 5)

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

want out of

phrasal verb
wanted out of; wanting out of; wants out of

Definition of want out of (Entry 4 of 5)

: to want to no longer be included in (something) She wants out of the deal, but it's too late.

want rid of

idiom (4)

Definition of want rid of (Entry 5 of 5)

chiefly British
: to want to no longer have or be affected or bothered by (something or someone unwanted) I could tell that he wanted rid of me.

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“For (the) want of.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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