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want

want

 
 
pronunciation:
want
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
phrases:
want in, want out
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: wanted, wanting, wants
definition 1: to desire (something); wish for.
He wants a bicycle for his birthday.The workers want better pay.
synonyms:
desire, wish
similar words:
covet, crave, hanker after, hanker for, long for, yearn for
definition 2: to wish or desire (to do something).
I want to move back to the city.She wants to receive the respect she deserves.
synonyms:
desire, wish
similar words:
ask, crave, demand, prefer, request, supplicate, will
definition 3: to desire (someone or something) to do something or to be a certain way.
She wants her husband to accept the job offer.My mother wants me to live closer to her.He wants the kitchen to be clean at all times.
definition 4: to be without or lacking in; lack.
This room wants color; it's so drab!
synonyms:
lack, need, require
similar words:
demand, miss
definition 5: to require; need.
These shoes want polishing.
synonyms:
need, require
similar words:
demand
definition 6: to seek in order to capture.
The police want him for armed robbery.
synonyms:
seek
similar words:
chase, hunt, pursue, search
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to be lacking; be in need.
He worked hard to make sure his children never wanted for food or shelter.She had never wanted for suitors as a young princess.
synonyms:
need
similar words:
crave, demand, hanker, wish, yearn
definition 2: to be inclined; wish; like.
Come over if you want.
synonyms:
care, like, wish
similar words:
choose, decide, please
definition 3: to be utterly poor; be destitute.
Don't we have a moral obligation to help those who are wanting?
similar words:
lack, need
phrase: want in
phrase: want out
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: something that is desired or needed.
She was quite satisfied with her life at this point and had few wants.That his wife should be provided for after his death was his only want.
synonyms:
exigency, necessity, need, requisite
similar words:
demand, desire, essential, hope, lack, longing, mind, requirement, wish, yearning, yen
definition 2: lack; deficiency.
They starved for want of food.
synonyms:
absence, deficiency, destitution, lack, need
similar words:
dearth, insufficiency, paucity, penury, poverty, privation, scarcity, shortage
definition 3: the state of lacking something; need.
The children were always in want of shoes.
synonyms:
necessity, need
similar words:
craving, desire, hope, longing, privation, wish
definition 4: the state of lacking in the usual necessities of life; destitution.
The charity was established to help those in want.
synonyms:
destitution, indigence, need, penury, poverty
similar words:
beggary, hardship, misery, necessity, privation
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