6. To be in need of; require: Your hair wants cutting, said the Hatter(Lewis Carroll).
1. To have need: wants for nothing.
2. To be destitute or needy.
3. To be disposed; wish: Call me daily if you want.
1. The condition or quality of lacking something usual or necessary: stayed home for want of anything better to do.
2. Pressing need; destitution: lives in want.
3. Something desired: a person of few wants and needs.
4. A defect of character; a fault.
1. To desire greatly to enter: The dog wants in.
2. To wish to join a project, business, or other undertaking.
1. To desire greatly to leave: The cat wants out.
2. To wish to leave a project, a business, or other undertaking.
[Middle English wanten, to be lacking, from Old Norse vanta; see eu- in Indo-European roots.]
Usage Note: When want meaning desire is followed immediately by an infinitive construction, it does not take for:I want you to go (not want for you to go). When want and the infinitive are separated by a word or phrase, however, for is used: What I want is for you to go. I want very much for you to go.Want in its meaning of have need, lack normally takes for:Theyll not want for anything now that theyve inherited his estate. See Usage Note at wish.
want /wnt, wnt/ v.1 [T] to desire: I want to buy some groceries this morning.||The baby wants his mother.2 phrasal v.insep. [I] to want for s.t.: to need: The king never wanted for anything during his childhood.3wanted: looked for by the police: The police arent planning to arrest him, but he is wanted for questioning. n.1 [C] a desire: He has more wants than he can afford.2 [U] a need: She is poor and in want of basic things. wantv.1 to wish (for), crave | lust for 2 to lack, to go without s.t. n.1 a craving | a demand.
Usage Note: Would like is used to ask politely for s.t. that one wants: I would like to go home now; Im very tired.