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Definition of Want


  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.
  2. Specifically, absence or lack of necessaries; destitution; poverty; penury; indigence; need.
  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.
  4. A depression in coal strata, hollowed out before the subsequent deposition took place.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. To feel need of; to wish or long for; to desire; to crave.
  8. 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.
  9. To be in a state of destitution; to be needy; to lack.

Want Quotations

Work hard for what you want because it won't come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive.
Leah LaBelle

You may have heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. There's another day you might want to know about: Giving Tuesday. The idea is pretty straightforward. On the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, shoppers take a break from their gift-buying and donate what they can to charity.
Bill Gates

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don't want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life's change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new.
Steve Jobs

If you want to be happy, be. - Leo Tolstoy
If you want to be happy, be.
Leo Tolstoy

I was given such a great gift. It's a miracle that never stops amazing me and reminding me to give thanks, every day. Having a wife and daughter gives me a lot more purpose. I was much more selfish before, but now I think about what kind of role model I'll be. I just want to be a better man.
Jake Owen
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Want Translations

want in Afrikaans is wil
want in Dutch is wens, lust, verlangen, begeerte, zin
want in Finnish is tahtoa
want in Italian is vuole, volere
want in Latin is opto, egeo, inhio, penuria, sis, volo
want in Portuguese is anseio, queira
want in Spanish is deseo, querer
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