wanted; wanting; wants
Essential Meaning of want
1 : to desire or wish for (something) Do you want more coffee? He wants a bicycle for his birthday. See More ExamplesI just wanted a chance to rest. She wanted more time to finish the test. Do you want anything from the store? What do you want for Christmas? You can choose whichever color you want.
2 : to need (something) Our house wants painting. The motor wants a tune-up.
3 : to be without (something needed) : lack Thousands of poor people still want food and shelter. He's not the most talented player, but he doesn't want self-confidence. [=he has a lot of self-confidence]
Full Definition of want
(Entry 1 of 2)
1 : to be needy or destitute
2 : to have or feel need never wants for friends
3 : to be necessary or needed
4 : to desire to come, go, or be the cat wants in wants out of the deal
1 : to fail to possess especially in customary or required amount : lack the answer wanted courtesy
2a : to have a strong desire for wanted a chance to rest
b : to have an inclination to : like say what you want, he is efficient
3a : to have need of : require the motor wants a tune-up
b : to suffer from the lack of thousands still want food and shelter
4 : ought —used with the infinitive you want to be very careful what you say— Claudia Cassidy
5 : to wish or demand the presence of
6 : to hunt or seek in order to apprehend wanted for murder
Definition of want (Entry 2 of 2)
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