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want

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of want

  1. 1 the fact or state of being absent the proverb that begins, “for want of a nail, the shoe was lost” Synonyms of want absence, dearth, lackWords Related to want deficiency, deficit, failure, famine, inadequacy, inadequateness, insufficiency, meagerness, paucity, poverty, scantiness, scantness, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, skimpiness, undersupply; deprivation, loss, necessity, need, needfulness, omission; privation; blankness, emptiness, vacuity, vacuum, voidNear Antonyms of want abundance, amplitude, bounty, plenitude, plenteousness, plentifulness, plentitude, plenty, wealth; adequacy, sufficiency; excess, overabundance, oversupply, superabundance, surfeit, surplus; deluge, flood; bushel, deal, gobs, heap, loads, lot, mass, mountain, much, oodles, peck, pile, pot, quantity, raft, reams, scads, stack, volume, wad; fund, pool, stock, supply; cache, hoard, stash, stockpileAntonyms of want presence

  2. 2 a falling short of an essential or desirable amount or number there's a notable want of teachers in that rural school district Synonyms of want crunch, dearth, deficit, drought (also drouth), failure, famine, inadequacy, inadequateness, insufficiency, lack, lacuna, paucity, pinch, poverty, scantiness, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, undersupply, deficiencyWords Related to want absence, omission; meagerness, poorness, skimpiness; necessity, need, privationNear Antonyms of want bountifulness, copiousness; excess, overabundance, oversupply, surfeit, surplusAntonyms of want abundance, adequacy, amplitude, opulence, plenitude, plenty, sufficiency, wealth

  3. 3 a state of being without something necessary, desirable, or useful those children are in want of some good discipline Synonyms of want absence, lack, needfulness, needWords Related to want deficiency, deficit, inadequacy, insufficiency; dearth, meagerness, paucity, poverty, scantiness, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, skimpiness; defect, minus; deprivation, famishment, privation; demand, essential, necessity, requirement, requisiteNear Antonyms of want adequacy, enough, sufficiency; fund, pool, stock, supply; excess, fill, overabundance, oversupply, plenty, surfeit, surplus; hoard, stockpile

  4. 4 the state of lacking sufficient money or material possessions grew up in extreme want Synonyms of want beggary, destituteness, destitution, impecuniosity, impecuniousness, impoverishment, indigence, necessity, need, neediness, pauperism, penuriousness, penury, poorness, povertyWords Related to want gutter, misery, woe, wretchedness; exigency; emergency, rainy day; austerity, deprivation, privation; bankruptcy, insolvency; belt-tightening, pinching, straiteningNear Antonyms of want luxury, prosperityAntonyms of want affluence, opulence, richness, wealth, wealthiness

  5. 5 a defect in character she's well-meaning and kind, but her besetting want is a complete lack of tact Synonyms of want demerit, dereliction, failing, foible, frailty, shortcoming, sin, vice, fault, weaknessWords Related to want blot, spot, stain; blemish, deficiency, flaw, imperfection, minus, nit; Achilles' heel, soft spot; corruption, depravity, evil, immorality, sinfulness, wickednessNear Antonyms of want excellence, perfection; goodness, integrity, morality, probity, rectitude, righteousnessAntonyms of want merit, virtue

Synonym Discussion of want

poverty, indigence, penury, want, destitution mean the state of one with insufficient resources. poverty may cover a range from extreme want of necessities to an absence of material comforts.
    • the extreme poverty of the slum dwellers
indigence implies seriously straitened circumstances.
    • the indigence of her years as a graduate student
penury suggests a cramping or oppressive lack of money.
    • a catastrophic illness that condemned them to years of penury
want and destitution imply extreme poverty that threatens life itself through starvation or exposure.
    • lived in a perpetual state of want
    • the widespread destitution in countries beset by famine

want

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of want

  1. 1 to have an earnest wish to own or enjoy I want a new car so badly! Synonyms of want ache (for), covet, crave, desiderate, die (for), hanker (for or after), hunger (for), itch (for), jones (for) [slang], long (for), lust (for or after), pant (after), pine (for), repine (for), salivate (for), sigh (for), thirst (for), desire, wish (for), yearn (for), yen (for)Words Related to want spoil (for); adore, delight (in), dig, enjoy, fancy, groove (on), like, love, relish, revel (in); favor, prefer; admire, appreciate, cherish, prize, treasure, valueNear Antonyms of want abhor, abominate, despise, detest, execrate, hate, loathe; decline, refuse, reject, spurn

  2. 2 to have as a requirement that stray cat wants food and a clean place to sleep Synonyms of want bear, challenge, claim, demand, necessitate, require, take, need, warrantWords Related to want entail, involve; ask, beg, claim, clamor (for), cry (for); hurt (for), lack; command, enjoin, exact, insist, press, quest, stipulateNear Antonyms of want own, possessAntonyms of want have, hold

  3. 3 to see fit do what you want Synonyms of want like, please, choose, will, wishWords Related to want ache (for), covet, crave, desire, die (for), fancy, hanker (for), hunger (for), itch (for), long (for), lust (for or after), pant (after), pine (for), repine (for), sigh (for), thirst (for), yearn (for); decide, determine, resolve

  4. 4 to wish to have I want some ice cream for dessert, please Synonyms of want care (for), likeWords Related to want adore, delight (in), dig, enjoy, fancy, groove (on), love, relish, revel (in), welcome; covet, crave, desire, die (for), hanker (for or after), wish (for), yearn (for)

Synonym Discussion of want

desire, wish, want, crave, covet mean to have a longing for. desire stresses the strength of feeling and often implies strong intention or aim.
    • desires to start a new life
wish sometimes implies a general or transient longing especially for the unattainable.
    • wishes for permanent world peace
want specifically suggests a felt need or lack.
    • wants to have a family
crave stresses the force of physical appetite or emotional need.
    • craves sweets
covet implies strong envious desire.
    • covets his rise to fame


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