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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.
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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