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want  (wnt, w?nt)
v. want·ed, want·ing, wants
a. To desire greatly; wish for: They want to leave. She wants a glass of water. See Synonyms at desire.
b. To desire (someone to do something): I want you to clean your room.
a. To request the presence or assistance of: You are wanted by your office.
b. To seek with intent to capture: The fugitive is wanted by the police.
3. To have an inclination toward; like: Say what you want, but be tactful.
4. Informal To be obliged (to do something): You want to be careful on the ice.
5. To be without; lack. See Synonyms at lack.
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.
Phrasal Verbs:
want in Slang
1. To desire greatly to enter: The dog wants in.
2. To wish to join a project, business, or other undertaking.
want out Slang
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.]

wanter n.
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. 3 wanted: 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.
want v. 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. want

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