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Definition of Wants
WantWant 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
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. WantWant 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.
Trollope. WantWant 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.
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