wanting

adjective
want·ing | \ ˈwän-tiŋ \

Definition of wanting 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : not present or in evidence : absent

2a : not being up to standards or expectations

b : lacking in ability or capacity : deficient

wanting

preposition

Definition of wanting (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : without a book wanting a cover

2 : less, minus a month wanting two days

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Examples of wanting in a Sentence

Adjective

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

Preposition

a mitten wanting its mate
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

That is the worst kind of adverse selection — more wanting coverage coming in, more providers leaving. Dorothy Cociu, Orange County Register, "Don’t kill choice in health care," 10 June 2017

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First Known Use of wanting

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Preposition

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Dictionary Entries near wanting

wanter

want for

wanthill

wanting

want in on

want in/out

wantless

Phrases Related to wanting

found wanting

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The first known use of wanting was in the 15th century

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More Definitions for wanting

wanting

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of wanting

: not having all that is needed or expected

wanting

adjective
want·ing | \ ˈwȯn-tiŋ , ˈwän- \

Kids Definition of wanting

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

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