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Dictionary Definition

want

Noun

1 a state of extreme poverty [syn: privation, deprivation]
2 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" [syn: lack, deficiency]
3 anything that is necessary but lacking; "he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs"; "I tried to supply his wants" [syn: need]
4 a specific feeling of desire; "he got his wish"; "he was above all wishing and desire" [syn: wish, wishing]

Verb

1 feel or have a desire for; want strongly; "I want to go home now"; "I want my own room" [syn: desire]
2 have need of; "This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner" [syn: need, require]
3 wish or demand the presence of; "I want you here at noon!"
4 hunt or look for; want for a particular reason; "Your former neighbor is wanted by the FBI"; "Uncle Sam wants you"
5 be without, lack; be deficient in; "want courtesy"; "want the strength to go on living"; "flood victims wanting food and shelter"

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • a UK , /wɒnt/, /wQnt/
  • a US , /wɑnt/, /wAnt/
  • Rhymes: -ɒnt

Etymology

, from vanta

Verb

  1. to wish for or desire (something).
    What do you want to eat?
  2. To lack (something).
    There was something wanting in the play.
  3. In the context of "transitive|informal": To require (something).
    That chair wants fixing. (= That chair requires to be fixed.)

Usage notes

  • In sense 1 it takes the to infinitive.
  • In sense 3 it takes the gerund (-ing).

Synonyms

Derived terms

Translations

desire
lack
See lack

Noun

  1. Lack (of), absence of.
    And well are worth the want that you have wanted.--Shakespeare, King Lear
  2. poverty

Translations

lack (of)
poverty

Dutch

Pronunciation

Homophones

Noun

want (plural wanten, diminutive wantje)

Conjunction

want

See also

Old High German

Noun

want

Extensive Definition

This article is about the economic concept, for other uses, see Want (disambiguation)
In economics, a want is something desired having to do with , distinct from a need. It's said that we have unlimited wants, but limited supplied resources. Thus, we can't have everything we want and must look for the best alternatives sometimes that will cost us less. This may be distressing to some people and may lead to depression which can be avoided if other people can give them their original wants so long as it's not a great burden on others.
People usually carry the tendency to have a strong desire to obtain something. This desire, known as "want" has been established since the beginning of life. The first cavemen wanted to be safe so they developed weapons. Before cavemen there were dinosaurs that were hungry and needed to eat. They wanted food so badly that they would kill other dinosaurs in order to satisfy their want.
There is an often stated quote, "You always want what you can't have." It is meaning that after we have something, it is no longer a want, so we move onto the next 'want' on our list.
want in Guarani: Mba'epota
want in German: Wunsch
want in Spanish: Deseo
want in French: Désir
want in Galician: Desexo (filosofia)
want in Italian: Desiderio (filosofia)
want in Japanese: 欲
want in Portuguese: Desejo
want in Russian: Желание
want in Simple English: Want
want in Serbian: Жеља

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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