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NOUN (4)

1. a state of extreme poverty;
[syn: privation, want, deprivation, neediness]

2. the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable;
- Example: "there is a serious lack of insight into the problem"
- Example: "water is the critical deficiency in desert regions"
- Example: "for want of a nail the shoe was lost"
[syn: lack, deficiency, want]

3. anything that is necessary but lacking;
- Example: "he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs"
- Example: "I tried to supply his wants"
[syn: need, want]

4. a specific feeling of desire;
- Example: "he got his wish"
- Example: "he was above all wishing and desire"
[syn: wish, wishing, want]


VERB (5)

1. feel or have a desire for; want strongly;
- Example: "I want to go home now"
- Example: "I want my own room"
[syn: desire, want]

2. have need of;
- Example: "This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner"
[syn: want, need, require]

3. hunt or look for; want for a particular reason;
- Example: "Your former neighbor is wanted by the FBI"
- Example: "Uncle Sam wants you"

4. wish or demand the presence of;
- Example: "I want you here at noon!"

5. be without, lack; be deficient in;
- Example: "want courtesy"
- Example: "want the strength to go on living"
- Example: "flood victims wanting food and shelter"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Want \Want\, v. i. [Icel. vanta to be wanting. See Want to lack.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 2. To be in a state of destitution; to be needy; to lack. [1913 Webster] You have a gift, sir (thank your education), Will never let you want. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] For as in bodies, thus in souls, we find What wants in blood and spirits, swelled with wind. --Pope. [1913 Webster] Note: Want was formerly used impersonally with an indirect object. "Him wanted audience." --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Want \Want\ (277), n. [Originally an adj., from Icel. vant, neuter of vanr lacking, deficient. [root]139. See Wane, v. i.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] And me, his parent, would full soon devour For want of other prey. --Milton. [1913 Webster] From having wishes in consequence of our wants, we often feel wants in consequence of our wishes. --Rambler. [1913 Webster] Pride is as loud a beggar as want, and more saucy. --Franklin. [1913 Webster] 2. Specifically, absence or lack of necessaries; destitution; poverty; penury; indigence; need. [1913 Webster] Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches, as to conceive how others can be in want. --Swift. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] Habitual superfluities become actual wants. --Paley. [1913 Webster] 4. (Mining) A depression in coal strata, hollowed out before the subsequent deposition took place. [Eng.] [1913 Webster] Syn: Indigence; deficiency; defect; destitution; lack; failure; dearth; scarceness. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Want \Want\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wanted; p. pr. & vb. n. Wanting.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] They that want honesty, want anything. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] Nor think, though men were none, That heaven would want spectators, God want praise. --Milton. [1913 Webster] The unhappy never want enemies. --Richardson. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 3. To feel need of; to wish or long for; to desire; to crave. " What wants my son?" --Addison. [1913 Webster] I want to speak to you about something. --A. Trollope. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wa'n't \Wa'n't\ A colloquial contraction of was not. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

want n 1: a state of extreme poverty [syn: privation, want, deprivation, neediness] 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, deficiency, want] 3: anything that is necessary but lacking; "he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs"; "I tried to supply his wants" [syn: need, want] 4: a specific feeling of desire; "he got his wish"; "he was above all wishing and desire" [syn: wish, wishing, want] v 1: feel or have a desire for; want strongly; "I want to go home now"; "I want my own room" [syn: desire, want] 2: have need of; "This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner" [syn: want, need, require] 3: hunt or look for; want for a particular reason; "Your former neighbor is wanted by the FBI"; "Uncle Sam wants you" 4: wish or demand the presence of; "I want you here at noon!" 5: be without, lack; be deficient in; "want courtesy"; "want the strength to go on living"; "flood victims wanting food and shelter"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

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