Want Want, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wanted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wanting}.] [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster]

They that want honesty, want anything. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster]

Nor think, though men were none, That heaven would want spectators, God want praise. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The unhappy never want enemies. --Richardson. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

3. To feel need of; to wish or long for; to desire; to crave. `` What wants my son?'' --Addison. [1913 Webster]

I want to speak to you about something. --A. Trollope. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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