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want

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2 a falling short of an essential or desirable amount or number

  • there's a notable want of teachers in that rural school district
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3 a state of being without something necessary, desirable, or useful

  • those children are in want of some good discipline
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4 the state of lacking sufficient money or material possessions

  • grew up in extreme want
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5 a defect in character

  • she's well-meaning and kind, but her besetting want is a complete lack of tact
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feet of clay

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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

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2 to have as a requirement

  • that stray cat wants food and a clean place to sleep
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call for

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4 to wish to have

  • I want some ice cream for dessert, please
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feel like

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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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