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Meaning of want by Wiktionary Dictionary


    Proper noun


    1. A personification of want .


    By Wiktionary ( 2011/11/11 14:59 UTC Version )



    1. ( colloquial, dated ) was not



    By Wiktionary ( 2009/05/30 12:41 UTC Version )

    Etymology 1

    Misspelt by confusion with words formed with the enclitic n’t .


    • ( RP ) enPR: wŏnt, IPA: /wɒnt/, SAMPA: /wQnt/


    wan’t ( third-person singular simple present wan’ts present participle wan’ting, simple past and past participle wan’ted )

    1. Common misspelling of want .

    Etymology 2

    Misspelt possibly by pronunciatory disanalogy with wonder–wander — whose first syllables are pronounced, respectively, wŭn and wŏn — the latter being closer to the pronunciation of won’t: wōnt .


    • ( RP ) enPR: wōnt, IPA: /wəʊnt/, SAMPA: /w@Unt/



    1. Common misspelling of won’t .

Explanation of want by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. wish or demand the presence of

    2. I want you here at noon!
    3. have need of

    4. This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner
    5. hunt or look for

    6. Your former neighbor is wanted by the FBI
      Uncle Sam wants you
    7. feel or have a desire for

    8. I want to go home now
      I want my own room
    9. be without, lack

    10. want courtesy
      want the strength to go on living
      flood victims wanting food and shelter
    1. a specific feeling of desire

    2. anything that is necessary but lacking

    3. I tried to supply his wants
    4. the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable

    5. for want of a nail the shoe was lost
    6. a state of extreme poverty

    Definition of want by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Want ( 277 ), n. [Originally an adj., from Icel. vant, neuter of vanr lacking, deficient. √139. See Wane, v. i.]

      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.

    2. 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?” Addison.

      I want to speak to you about something. A. Trollope.

    3. Want, v. i. [Icel. vanta to be wanting. See Want to lack.]

      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.

      ☞ Want was formerly used impersonally with an indirect object. “Him wanted audience.” Chaucer.