I. verb Etymology: Middle English, from Old Norse vanta; akin to Old English wan deficient Date: 13th century intransitive verb 1. to be needy or destitute 2. to have or feel need <
never wants for friends
3. to be necessary or needed 4. to desire to come, go, or be <
the cat wants in
wants out of the deal
transitive verb 1. to fail to possess especially in customary or required amount ; lack <
the answer wanted courtesy
2. a. to have a strong desire for <
wanted a chance to rest
b. to have an inclination to ; like <
say what you want, he is efficient
3. a. to have need of ; require <
the motor wants a tune-up
b. to suffer from the lack of <
thousands still want food and shelter
4. ought — used with the infinitive <
you want to be very careful what you say — Claudia Cassidy
5. to wish or demand the presence of 6. to hunt or seek in order to apprehend <
wanted for murder
Synonyms: see desire II. noun Date: 13th century 1. a. deficiency, lack <
suffers from a want of good sense
b. grave and extreme poverty that deprives one of the necessities of life 2. something wanted ; need, desire 3. personal defect ; fault Synonyms: see poverty

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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