Want, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wanted; p. pr. & vb. n. Wanting.]
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?”
I want to speak to you about something. --A. Trollope.
adj 1: desired or wished for or sought; "couldn't keep her eyes off
the wanted toy"; "a wanted criminal"; "a wanted
poster" [ant: unwanted]
2: freely permitted or invited; "invited guests" [syn: invited]
3: characterized by feeling or showing fond affection for; "a
cherished friend"; "children are precious"; "a treasured
heirloom"; "so good to feel wanted" [syn: cherished, precious,