What is the meaning of want?


  • A state of extreme poverty.
  • The state of needing something that is absent or unavailable.
    • usage: "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"
  • Anything that is necessary but lacking.
    • usage: "he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs"; "I tried to supply his wants"
  • A specific feeling of desire.
    • usage: "he got his wish"; "he was above all wishing and desire"


  • Feel or have a desire for; want strongly.
    • usage: "I want to go home now"; "I want my own room"
  • Have need of.
    • usage: "This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner"
  • Hunt or look for; want for a particular reason.
    • usage: "Your former neighbor is wanted by the FBI"; "Uncle Sam wants you"
  • Wish or demand the presence of.
    • usage: "I want you here at noon"
  • Be without, lack; be deficient in.
    • usage: "want courtesy"; "want the strength to go on living"; "flood victims wanting food and shelter"
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APAWordNet. (2010). want. Retrieved September 24, 2018, from http://smartdefine.org/want/definitions/1320036
ChicagoWordNet. 2010. "want" http://smartdefine.org/want/definitions/1320036 (accessed September 24, 2018).
HarvardWordNet 2010, want, Smart Define, viewed 24 September, 2018, <http://smartdefine.org/want/definitions/1320036>.
MLAWordNet. "want" 23 October 2010. Web. 24 September 2018. <http://smartdefine.org/want/definitions/1320036>
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