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wanting

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 3)

1 falling short of a standard
  • we tried her cooking and found it to be very wanting

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2 not coming up to an expected measure or meeting a particular need
  • at this time of year food for many wild animals is wanting

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3 not present or in evidence
  • grass is almost entirely wanting in that arid wasteland

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wanting

preposition

Synonyms of wanting (Entry 2 of 3)

not having
  • a mitten wanting its mate

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wanting

verb
present participle of want

Synonyms & Antonyms of wanting (Entry 3 of 3)

2 to have as a requirement
  • that stray cat wants food and a clean place to sleep

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4 to wish to have
  • I want some ice cream for dessert, please

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

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“Wanting.” The Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/wanting. Accessed 10 December 2019.

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