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Definition of want:

  1. A depression in coal strata, hollowed out before the subsequent deposition took place.
  2. Specifically, absence or lack of necessaries; destitution; poverty; penury; indigence; need.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. To be in a state of destitution; to be needy; to lack.
  7. 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.
  8. To feel need of; to wish or long for; to desire; to crave.
  9. 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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Usage examples:

  • What do you want now?

    - "Girls of the Forest", L. T. Meade.
  • Not if you tell him why you want them.

    - "The Valley of the Giants", Peter B. Kyne.
  • We don't want heem nothin'.

    - "The Boy Scout Fire Fighters", Irving Crump.