want /ˈwɔnt ||ˈwɑnt ||ˈwʌnt/
Want, v. i.
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 four.
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.”
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. --Rambler.
Pride is as loud a beggar as want, and more saucy. --Franklin.
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.
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.
n 1: a state of extreme poverty [syn: privation, deprivation]
2: 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" [syn: lack,
3: anything that is necessary but lacking; "he had sufficient
means to meet his simple needs"; "I tried to supply his
wants" [syn: need]
4: a specific feeling of desire; "he got his wish"; "he was
above all wishing and desire" [syn: wish, wishing]
v 1: feel or have a desire for; want strongly; "I want to go home
now"; "I want my own room" [syn: desire]
2: have need of; "This piano wants the attention of a competent
tuner" [syn: need, require]
3: wish or demand the presence of; "I want you here at noon!"
4: hunt or look for; want for a particular reason; "Your former
neighbor is wanted by the FBI"; "Uncle Sam wants you"
5: be without, lack; be deficient in; "want courtesy"; "want
the strength to go on living"; "flood victims wanting food