wanting

adjective
want·​ing | \ ˈwän-tiŋ How to pronounce wanting (audio) \

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 Lucero really has nowhere else to go but up after a subpar performance against a wanting pass defense and has the talent and poise to lead the offense in Tyler Johnston’s absence. Evan Dudley, al, 29 Oct. 2020

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

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wanting

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“Wanting.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wanting. Accessed 26 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for wanting

wanting

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of wanting

: not having all that is needed or expected : lacking

wanting

adjective
want·​ing | \ ˈwȯn-tiŋ How to pronounce wanting (audio) , ˈwän- \

Kids Definition of wanting

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

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