want

Definitions

  • "'No, little lass, I do not want any flowers.'"
    "'No, little lass, I do not want any flowers.'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v want wish or demand the presence of "I want you here at noon!"
    • v want have need of "This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner"
    • v want hunt or look for; want for a particular reason "Your former neighbor is wanted by the FBI","Uncle Sam wants you"
    • v want feel or have a desire for; want strongly "I want to go home now","I want my own room"
    • v want be without, lack; be deficient in "want courtesy","want the strength to go on living","flood victims wanting food and shelter"
    • n want a specific feeling of desire "he got his wish","he was above all wishing and desire"
    • n want anything that is necessary but lacking "he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs","I tried to supply his wants"
    • n want 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"
    • n want a state of extreme poverty
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Did it want a bit o' Turkey, then Did it want a bit o' Turkey, then
One Man Wanted Dad to Cash a Check 067 One Man Wanted Dad to Cash a Check 067
Wanted to Turn in a Fire Alarm 201 Wanted to Turn in a Fire Alarm 201
"Why, there stands Pa, and he wants me to git up and go with him." "Why, there stands Pa, and he wants me to git up and go with him."
"I'm a-goin' to buy that little picter, and I want to know if I can take it home now?" "I'm a-goin' to buy that little picter, and I want to know if I can take it home now?"
"Be a fool if you want to." "Be a fool if you want to."
T took it. V viewed it. W wanted it T took it. V viewed it. W wanted it
I Want a Rooster for Every Hen I Want a Rooster for Every Hen

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The word "lethologica" describes the state of not being able to remember the word you want
    • Want (Mining) A depression in coal strata, hollowed out before the subsequent deposition took place.
    • Want 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 ."
    • Want 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 ."
    • Want 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."
      "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."
    • Want 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. "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."
    • Want 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 ."
      "For as in bodies, thus in souls, we find
      What wants in blood and spirits, swelled with wind."
    • Want 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.""Nor think, though men were none,
      That heaven would want spectators, God want praise."
      "The unhappy never want enemies."
    • Want To feel need of; to wish or long for; to desire; to crave. "What wants my son?""I want to speak to you about something."
    • Want 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Adolf Hitler wanted to be an architect, but he failed the entrance exam at the architectural school in Vienna
    • want Lacking; deficient.
    • n want Lack; deficiency; scarcity; dearth, or absence of what is needed or desired: as, want of thought; want of money.
    • n want A vacant part, place, or space; a vacancy.
    • n want That which is lacking, but needed; the vacancy caused by the absence of some need ful, important, or desirable thing.
    • n want The state of being without means; poverty; penury; indigence.
    • n want A time of need.
    • n want That which cannot be dispensed with; a necessity.
    • n want In coal-mining, same as nip, 8.
    • n want Synonyms Insufficiency, scantiness, dearth, default, failure.
    • n want Requirement, de sideratum.
    • n want Need, Indigence, etc. (see poverty), dis tress, straits.
    • want To be without; be destitute of; lack: as, to want knowledge or judgment; to want food, clothing, or money.
    • want To be deficient in; fall short in; be lack ing in respect of, or to the amount of.
    • want To do without; dispense with; spare.
    • want To have occasion for, as something requi site, useful, or proper; require; need.
    • want To feel a desire for; feel the need of; wish or long for; desire; crave.
    • want To desire to see, speak to, or do business with; desire the presence or assistance of; de sire or require to do something: as, you are the very man we want; call me if I am wanted; the general wanted him to capture the battery. Synonyms Need, etc. See lack, transitive verb
    • want To be lacking, deficient, or absent.
    • want To fail; give out; fall short.
    • want To be in need; suffer from lack of some thing.
    • n want The mole or moldwarp.
    • n want A glove.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Milton Bradley originally wanted to name the game Twister, Pretzel; but he could not since the name was copyrighted
    • n Want wont state of being without anything: absence of what is needful or desired: poverty: scarcity: need
    • v.t Want to be destitute of: to need: to dispense with: to feel need of: to fall short: to wish for
    • v.i Want to be deficient: to fall short: to be in need
    • prep Want except
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Quotations

  • Les Brown
    Les%20Brown
    “You don't get in life what you want; you get in life what you are.”
  • John F. Kennedy
    John%20F.%20Kennedy
    “We want to be first; not first if, not first but; but first!”
  • Joseph Wood Krutch
    Joseph Wood Krutch
    “What a man knows is everywhere at war with what he wants.”
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
    Arthur%20Schopenhauer
    “A man can do what he wants, but not want what he wants.”
  • Vince Lombardi
    Vince%20Lombardi
    “Winning isn't everything, but wanting to win is.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Experience is what you get when you don't get what you want.”

Idioms

Waste not, want not - If you don't waste things, you are less likely to end up lacking.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Originally an adj., from Icel. vant, neuter of vanr, lacking, deficient. √139. See Wane (v. i.)

Usage

In literature:

I want to know what it is that those fellows really do.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
I wanted you to do what you did to-night.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
I wanted to; I wanted to marry and settle down.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
He ask her did she want him and ask him if he want her.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves, Arkansas Narratives, Part 4" by Work Projects Administration
Why, you wicked young ruffian, do you suppose that I want people to be ill?
"The Peril Finders" by George Manville Fenn
He wants to eat it, and I want to have it.
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope
You're like impatient children; what you want you want quickly.
"The Kingdom Round the Corner" by Coningsby Dawson
I want your love as I wanted that water.
"Desert Conquest" by A. M. Chisholm
But I don't want to be nursery; I want to stay always with my own good Aunty Sophy.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
I want to do what I want without anybody else's say-so.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
She always wants new sensations yet doesn't want to work, and the combination isn't very good.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
What they want, what we all really want, is a quite conventional, satisfactory marriage.
"Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe" by Eugène Brieux
Oh, I want to tell you all about myself, Dolly, and I want to show you somebody; I have got somebody to show, you see.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
They on'y want catching.
"Hunting the Skipper" by George Manville Fenn
Now I want to do something for Phil; I want to make sure she never comes to want.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
He no longer wanted absolute silence between them; instead, he showed symptoms of wanting to talk.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
I want to surprise you with them when you come back.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
I do not want to marry him, and he does not want to marry me.
"The Landleaguers" by Anthony Trollope
The eccentric fellow did not want her to come precisely because he wanted her to come so much.
"Aurora the Magnificent" by Gertrude Hall
But that's not what they want.
"A Country Gentleman and his Family" by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
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In poetry:

Came, came.
Came a word, came,
came through the night,
wanted to shine, wanted to shine.
"The Straitening" by Paul Celan
What I want is my husband, sir,--
And if you're a man, sir,
You'll give me an answer,--
Where is my Joe?
"After The Accident" by Francis Bret Harte
"O wanted ye your meat, Willy?
Or wanted ye your fee?
Or gat ye ever an angry word,
That ye ran awa frae me?"
"Rose The Red And White Lily" by Andrew Lang
You, whom I do not tell that all night long
I lie weeping,
whose very being makes me feel wanting
like a cradle.
"Song" by Rainer Maria Rilke
"The beggar, in his wretched haunt,
May now a monarch be:
Forget his woe, forget his want,
For all can sleep but me.
"Night Scenes Of Other Times" by Joanna Baillie
His charity was like a flood,
It seemed to have no bound,
But reached the evil and the good,
Wherever want was found.
"In Memoriam: Rensellaer Biddle" by David John Scott

In news:

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Instead, they wanted Reyes to be able to focus on baseball, and they wanted the opportunity to test the free-agent waters.
He Wants an Open Marriage & She Wants His Bro.
Have you ever wanted to pursue a career in law but didn't want to invest in seven years of college to become a lawyer.
I'm totally serious, cause I want to be part of the debates, because I want to represent the taxpayer.
Rock Hall of Fame We Want You To Want Cheap Trick.
Ever wanted to forward your affiliate links but didn't want to hassle with configuring them through your webhost.
I have wanted a chocolate lab since i was 8 or 9 but my mom did not want another dog.
These noble and selfless liberal millionaires don't want anything from the government – they just want Obama to flatter their egos.
The vote Tuesday was not Republican versus Democrat, but rather those who wanted jobs versus those who wanted government handouts.
Right, said his son always wanted to be in the car business but he wanted him to learn some good work ethics first.
The boys over at Mythbusters have been having a little too much fun when a cannonball decided it wanted to do whatever it wanted.
"There's a part of me that wants her to die because I don't want this life,"" Carpenter says.
I don't want everyone crying and wearing black, I want everyone dancing, drinking and laughing.
CEO Brian Roberts wants to make it simple for customers to consume Comcast's content, as easy as telling your TV what you want to watch.
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In science:

In the following we want to denote such a vector bundle by E .
Locally trivial quantum vector bundles and associated vector bundles
One wants to find solutions of the equations of motion following from the action above and give them a dual interpretation.
AdS/CFT Correspondence and Type 0 String Theory
We want to state a global existence theorem for the solution to the system (1.1).
Existence and homogenization of the Rayleigh-B\'enard problem
Similarly, we may want to require that it not be the case that Pl(U jV [ V ) < Pl(U jV ) and Pl(U jV [ V ) < Pl(U jV ). Coming up with a reasonable set of coherence conditions remains a topic for future work.
Conditional Plausibility Measures and Bayesian Networks
In addition, we want to express the cochain complex as a result of applying a hom functor to a chain complex we will define.
Abelian extensions of algebras in congruence-modular varieties
Suppose we want to calculate the density of states for ρ large.
Hopping between Random Locations: Spectrum and Instanton
Consider now, as in figure (2), a curve of which we want to know the curvature at a point.
It is the ambiguity. (But only three generations)
We want to study the constants in more detail.
Combinatorics of geometrically distributed random variables: Value and position of large left-to-right maxima
There are several procedures for aligning skeleta, depending on dimension and whether we want to realize the changes by 2-deformation.
Dual 2-complexes in 4-manifolds
Now we want to apply the method presented in the previous section to reconstruct the matrix S .
Characterising a universal cloning machine by maximum-likelihood estimation
We can choose W2 as small as we want, by reducing the width of the strip that I-folds create.
When Can You Fold a Map?
We want to prove that χ can be extended to a homomorphism χ : Γ → F× .
Central Simple Poisson Algebras
We want to relate them to conformal blocks on the double ˆX of X .
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
In fact, what we want to obtain is not just the correlation function as a function on Teichm¨uller space.
Conformal field theory, boundary conditions and applications to string theory
This is not interesting us as we want to have nonzero fermionic masses.
Left-Right Symmetric Models in Noncommutative Geometries?
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