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Meaning of WANT

Pronunciation:  wânt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a specific feeling of desire; "he got his wish"; "he was above all wishing and desire"
  2. [n]  anything that is necessary but lacking; "he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs"; "I tried to supply his wants"
  3. [n]  the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable; "there is a serious lack of insight into the problem"; "water is the critical deficiency in desert regions"; "for want of a nail the shoe was lost"
  4. [n]  a state of extreme poverty
  5. [v]  wish or demand the presence of; "I want you here at noon!"
  6. [v]  have need of; "This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner"
  7. [v]  hunt or look for; want for a particular reason; "Your former neighbor is wanted by the FBI"; "Uncle Sam wants you"
  8. [v]  feel or have a desire for; want strongly; "I want to go home now"; "I want my own room"
  9. [v]  be without, lack; be deficient in; "want courtesy"; "want the strength to go on living"; "flood victims wanting food and shelter"

WANT is a 4 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: deficiency, deprivation, desire, lack, lack, need, need, privation, require, wish, wishing
 See Also: absence, ambition, be, begrudge, care, crave, cry, dearth, demand, demand, desire, envy, essential, famine, fancy, feel like, go for, hanker, hope, hunger, impoverishment, itch, lech after, like, long, look for, lust, lust after, mineral deficiency, miss, miss, necessary, necessity, need, need, poorness, poverty, requirement, requisite, search, seek, seek, shortage, spoil, starve, stringency, take to, thirst, tightness, velleity, wish, wish well, yearn



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Want\ (277), n. [Originally an adj., from Icel. vant,
    neuter of vanr lacking, deficient. [root]139. See {Wane}, v.
    1. The state of not having; the condition of being without
       anything; absence or scarcity of what is needed or
       desired; deficiency; lack; as, a want of power or
       knowledge for any purpose; want of food and clothing.
             And me, his parent, would full soon devour For want
             of other prey.                        --Milton.
             From having wishes in consequence of our wants, we
             often feel wants in consequence of our wishes.
             Pride is as loud a beggar as want, and more saucy.
    2. Specifically, absence or lack of necessaries; destitution;
       poverty; penury; indigence; need.
             Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches,
             as to conceive how others can be in want. --Swift.
    3. That which is needed or desired; a thing of which the loss
       is felt; what is not possessed, and is necessary for use
       or pleasure.
             Habitual superfluities become actual wants. --Paley.
    4. (Mining) A depression in coal strata, hollowed out before
       the subsequent deposition took place. [Eng.]
    Syn: Indigence; deficiency; defect; destitution; lack;
         failure; dearth; scarceness.
  2. \Want\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wanted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    1. To be without; to be destitute of, or deficient in; not to
       have; to lack; as, to want knowledge; to want judgment; to
       want learning; to want food and clothing.
             They that want honesty, want anything. --Beau. & Fl.
             Nor think, though men were none, That heaven would
             want spectators, God want praise.     --Milton.
             The unhappy never want enemies.       --Richardson.
    2. To have occasion for, as useful, proper, or requisite; to
       require; to need; as, in winter we want a fire; in summer
       we want cooling breezes.
    3. To feel need of; to wish or long for; to desire; to crave.
       `` What wants my son?'' --Addison.
             I want to speak to you about something. --A.
  3. \Want\, v. i. [Icel. vanta to be wanting. See {Want} to
    1. To be absent; to be deficient or lacking; to fail; not to
       be sufficient; to fall or come short; to lack; -- often
       used impersonally with of; as, it wants ten minutes of
             The disposition, the manners, and the thoughts are
             all before it; where any of those are wanting or
             imperfect, so much wants or is imperfect in the
             imitation of human life.              --Dryden.
    2. To be in a state of destitution; to be needy; to lack.
             You have a gift, sir (thank your education), Will
             never let you want.                   --B. Jonson.
             For as in bodies, thus in souls, we find What wants
             in blood and spirits, swelled with wind. --Pope.
    Note: Want was formerly used impersonally with an indirect
          object. ``Him wanted audience.'' --Chaucer.
Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are in want indicates misfortune, sorrow and adversity.