want

In all its forms, want has to do with the lack of having and the desire to have. You can want or desire something you’d like, or you can be in want of something you need.

The word want goes back to the 12th century and the Old Norse language, where vanta meant "to be deficient," or “in want.” If someone keeps bugging you, you might lose patience and ask, "What do you want?" If you are seeking employment, check the "want ads" or look for signs saying "Help Wanted." If you are a "wanted criminal," you might have trouble getting hired.

Definitions of want
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n the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable

“for want of a nail the shoe was lost”
Synonyms:
deficiency, lack
Types:
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absence
the state of being absent
dearth, famine, shortage
an acute insufficiency
deficit
a deficiency or failure in neurological or mental functioning
mineral deficiency
lack of a mineral micronutrient that is essential for normal nutrition or metabolism
shortness
the condition of being short of something
stringency, tightness
a state occasioned by scarcity of money and a shortage of credit
nonoccurrence
absence by virtue of not occurring
awayness
the state of being elsewhere than in particular place
sideropenia
a deficiency of iron; results from inadequate iron in the diet or from hemorrhage
Type of:
demand, need
a condition requiring relief

n anything that is necessary but lacking

“I tried to supply his wants
Synonyms:
need
Type of:
essential, necessary, necessity, requirement, requisite
anything indispensable

n a state of extreme poverty

Synonyms:
deprivation, neediness, privation
Type of:
impoverishment, poorness, poverty
the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions

n a specific feeling of desire

Synonyms:
wish, wishing
Types:
velleity
a mere wish, unaccompanied by effort to obtain
Type of:
desire
the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state

v be without, lack; be deficient in

want courtesy”
want the strength to go on living”
“flood victims wanting food and shelter”
Type of:
lack, miss
be without

v have need of

“This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner”
Synonyms:
need, require
Types:
cry
demand immediate action
Type of:
be
have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

v wish or demand the presence of

“I want you here at noon!”
Type of:
demand
request urgently and forcefully

v feel or have a desire for; want strongly

“I want to go home now”
“I want my own room”
Synonyms:
desire
Types:
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crave, hunger, lust, starve, thirst
have a craving, appetite, or great desire for
fancy, go for, take to
have a fancy or particular liking or desire for
miss
feel or suffer from the lack of
hope
be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes
wish
hope for; have a wish
wish, wish well
feel or express a desire or hope concerning the future or fortune of
care, like, wish
prefer or wish to do something
itch, spoil
have a strong desire or urge to do something
like
want to have
ambition
have as one's ambition
feel like
have an inclination for something or some activity
begrudge, envy
be envious of; set one's heart on
lech after, lust after
have a strong sexual desire for
hanker, long, yearn
desire strongly or persistently
seek
try to get or reach
regret
feel sad about the loss or absence of
ache, languish, pine, yearn, yen
have a desire for something or someone who is not present
please
be the will of or have the will (to)
desire, hope, trust
expect and wish
covet
wish, long, or crave for (something, especially the property of another person)
bid
make a serious effort to attain something
quest
make a search (for)

v hunt or look for; want for a particular reason

“Your former neighbor is wanted by the FBI”
“Uncle Sam wants you”
Type of:
look for, search, seek
try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of

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