(noun, verb)


1. a state of extreme poverty

Similar word(s): deprivation, neediness, privation

Definition categories: state, impoverishment, poorness, poverty

2. the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable

- for want of a nail the shoe was lost

Similar word(s): deficiency, lack

Definition categories: state, demand, need

3. anything that is necessary but lacking

- I tried to supply his wants

Similar word(s): need

Definition categories: object, essential, necessary, necessity, requirement, requisite

4. a specific feeling of desire

Similar word(s): wish, wishing

Definition categories: feeling, desire


1. feel or have a desire for; want strongly

- I want to go home now

- I want my own room

Similar word(s): desire

Definition categories: emotion

2. have need of

- This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner

Similar word(s): need, require

Definition categories: consumption, be

3. hunt or look for; want for a particular reason

- Your former neighbor is wanted by the FBI

- Uncle Sam wants you

Definition categories: contact, search, seek

4. wish or demand the presence of

- I want you here at noon!

Definition categories: cognition, demand

5. be without, lack; be deficient in

- want courtesy

- want the strength to go on living

- flood victims wanting food and shelter

Definition categories: stative, lack, miss

Sentences with want as a verb:

- What do you want to eat?  I want you to leave.  I

- There was something wanting in the play.

- That chair wants fixing.