wanting

Definitions

  • "'No, little lass, I do not want any flowers.'"
    "'No, little lass, I do not want any flowers.'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj wanting inadequate in amount or degree "a deficient education","deficient in common sense","lacking in stamina","tested and found wanting"
    • adj wanting nonexistent "the thumb is absent","her appetite was lacking"
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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
    • a Wanting Absent; lacking; missing; also, deficient; destitute; needy; as, one of the twelve is wanting; I shall not be wanting in exertion.
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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
    • wanting Deficient or lacking.
    • wanting Needy; poor.
    • wanting Except; less; minus.
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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
    • adj Wanting absent: deficient:
    • adj Wanting (obs.) poor
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Quotations

  • Wayne Dyer
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    “You can never get enough of what you don't want.”
  • Ivern Ball
    Ivern Ball
    “Most of us ask for advice when we know the answer but we want a different one.”
  • Billy Graham
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    “Only those who want everything done for them are bored.”
  • Alan Bond
    Alan Bond
    “Get me inside any boardroom and I'll get any decision I want.”
  • Bertrand Russell
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    “What men want is not knowledge, but certainty.”
  • Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
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    “Everybody wants to be somebody; nobody wants to grow.”

Idioms

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

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Scand., Ice. vant, neut. of vanr, lacking; cog. with wane.

Usage

In literature:

But I've never wanted anything in many years as I want to hold Deolda in my arms.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
He wanted to hear more, but did not want to ask to hear more.
"Swirling Waters" by Max Rittenberg
They wanted me to go after de turkeys and I didn't want to go past de graveyard, where de turkeys was.
"Slave Narratives Vol. XIV. South Carolina, Part 1" by Various
I didn't want to be no hoe man; I wanted to plow.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Claudie, I want you to win, I want you to win.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
They want to flirt with the young people and the young people don't want them.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
They wanted to meet girls with money, and Dodo and Lottie wanted to meet men of title.
"The Guests Of Hercules" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
The truth is, she wants you, but she wants you to be more of a man.
"Dixie Hart" by Will N. Harben
I want to see your parents and I want to reward you.
"Watch Yourself Go By" by Al. G. Field
Personally, I think all women want to manage a home, want to boss the inmates.
"David Lannarck, Midget" by George S. Harney
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In poetry:

The dear God hears and pities all;
He knoweth all our wants;
And what we blindly ask of Him
His love withholds or grants.
"The Common Question" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"Farewell, farewell! and Mary grant,
When old and frail you be,
You never may the shelter want,
That's now denied to me."
"The Palmer" by Sir Walter Scott
"Come doun, Zacchay; bestir yersel;
This nicht I want a lodgin."
Like a ripe aipple 'maist he fell,
Nor needit ony nudgin.
"Godly Ballants" by George MacDonald
Bright like a sun the Savior sits,
And spreads eternal noon;
No evenings there, nor gloomy nights,
To want the feeble moon.
"Hymn 33" by Isaac Watts
"Ah, little boy, what want you here,
On such a bitter night?
Run home at once, you little dunce,
Or you'll be frozen quite."
"The Dean's Brother" by John Hartley
For daily bread we daily pray—
The want still breeds the cry;
And so we meet, day after day,
Thou, Father in heaven, and I.
"The Prism" by George MacDonald

In news:

No 40-year-old woman wants a baby the way I want a little plot of earth.
He wanted you, even if you don't think you want him.
I no more want government to prevent us from doing these things than I want it to keep us in padded cells.
Any woman who wants George Clooney for her baby daddy might want to reconsider.
If you want to really be the best player in the world, then you want to really play anyone.
The state government wants more money for a variety of things, and a private initiative wants more money for schools.
Skewered foods are the way to go when you want the food to look special and you want to control portion size.
When I heard that Jett, the L-word Maria Menounos, wanted to go to Amsterdam with me, her extremely Kreme-y partner in nightlife, I thought maybe she'd seen the error of her lezzie ways, and wanted to get freaky with a fat man.
We want our fast food, we want our dogs washed fast and we don't want to do it.
Facebook doesn't want brands spamming its users, but it does want them placing paid ads users never asked for in their Newsfeeds.
When you're a kid who just wants to rock, there is absolutely nothing worse than a guitar (or whatever instrument) instructor who wants to make you learn their favorite songs.
You've probably always wanted wanted to own your own prison.
Do you want to throw a birthday party for your child, but don't want to deal with the hassle and the mess.
The Creative Discovery Museum wants to know, and wants Times Free Press readers to submit the names of restaurants that serve your favorite biscuits .
Peter Carlson has spent most of his adult life searching for what he wanted to say, and how he wanted to say it.
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In science:

We want to show that each integral (I1) − (I4 ) is a product of Hilbert–Schmidt operators and to estimate their Hilbert–Schmidt norm.
Relative Zeta Functions, Determinants, Torsion, Index Theorems and Invariants for Open Manifolds
We want to show that each integral (I1) − (I4 ) is a product of Hilbert–Schmidt operators and to estimate their Hilbert–Schmidt norm.
Relative Zeta Functions, Determinants, Torsion, Index Theorems and Invariants for Open Manifolds
We apply this to e−t∆ and e−t(U ∗ i∗∆′ iU ) but we want to compare the asymptotic expansions of W∆ (t, m, m) and W∆′ (t, m, m).
Relative Zeta Functions, Determinants, Torsion, Index Theorems and Invariants for Open Manifolds
B; the bent-cores want to form a tilted phase, but the dipolar interactions want an untilted phase as explained in Section III A.
Dipolar interactions, molecular flexibility, and flexoelectricity in bent-core liquid crystals
The players have opposite goals, as Max wants to reach a special sink vertex ⊚ while Min wants to avoid it forever.
Solving Simple Stochastic Games with Few Random Vertices
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