Hypertext Webster Gateway: "want"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Want \Want\ (277), n. [Originally an adj., from Icel. vant,
neuter of vanr lacking, deficient. [root]139. See {Wane}, v.
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.

Pride is as loud a beggar as want, and more saucy.

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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Want \Want\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wanted}; p. pr. & vb. n.
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.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Wa'n't \Wa'n't\
A colloquial contraction of was not.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Want \Want\, v. i. [Icel. vanta to be wanting. See {Want} to
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

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.

Note: Want was formerly used impersonally with an indirect
object. ``Him wanted audience.'' --Chaucer.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

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

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