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.
Want·ing, a. Absent; lacking; missing; also, deficient; destitute; needy; as, one of the twelve is wanting; I shall not be wanting in exertion.
adj 1: not existing; "innovation has been sadly lacking";
"character development is missing from the book" [syn:
lacking(p), missing, nonexistent, wanting(a)]
2: inadequate in amount or degree; "a deficient education";
"deficient in common sense"; "lacking in stamina"; "tested
and found wanting" [syn: deficient, lacking(p), wanting(p)]