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adjective want·ing \ˈwän-tiŋ\

Definition of wanting

  1. 1 :  not present or in evidence :  absent

  2. 2 a :  not being up to standards or expectations b :  lacking in ability or capacity :  deficient

Examples of wanting in a sentence

  1. <we tried her cooking and found it to be very wanting>

  2. <at this time of year food for many wild animals is wanting>

15th Century

First Known Use of wanting

15th century


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wanting

preposition want·ing

Definition of wanting

  1. 1 :  without <a book wanting a cover>

  2. 2 :  less, minus <a month wanting two days>

Examples of wanting in a sentence

  1. <a mitten wanting its mate>

15th Century

First Known Use of wanting

15th century



WANTING Defined for English Language Learners

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wanting

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adjective want·ing \ˈwän-tiŋ\

Definition of wanting for English Language Learners

  • : not having all that is needed or expected


WANTING Defined for Kids

wanting

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adjective want·ing \ˈwȯn-tiŋ, ˈwän-\

Definition of wanting for Students

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



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