wanting

  • 1 wanting — [wän′tiŋ] adj. 1. absent; lacking; missing [a coat with some buttons wanting] 2. not up to some standard; inadequate in some essential [weighed and found wanting] prep. 1. lacking (something); without [a watch wanting a minute hand] 2. minus;… …

    English World dictionary

  • 2 Wanting — Want ing, a. Absent; lacking; missing; also, deficient; destitute; needy; as, one of the twelve is wanting; I shall not be wanting in exertion. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 wanting — index defective, deficient, delinquent (overdue), destitute, devoid, faulty, imperfect, inadept …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 wanting — [adj] lacking, inadequate absent, away, bankrupt, bereft, burned out*, cooked*, cut off, defective, deficient, deprived, destitute, devoid, disappointing, empty, failing, faulty, gone, half baked*, imperfect, incomplete, in default, inferior,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 5 wanting — ► ADJECTIVE 1) lacking in something required, necessary, or usual. 2) absent; not provided …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 wanting — want|ing [ˈwɔntıŋ US ˈwo:n , ˈwa:n ] adj [not before noun] formal something that is wanting lacks or misses something that it needs or something that you expect it to have ▪ Their security procedures were found wanting . wanting in ▪ They were… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 7 wanting — adjective (not before noun) 1 be found wanting proven not to be good enough for a particular purpose: Traditional solutions had been tried and found wanting. 2 wanting in sth formal not having enough of something: wanting in grace and tact 3… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 8 wanting — /ˈwɒntɪŋ / (say wonting) adjective 1. lacking or absent: an apparatus with some of the parts wanting. 2. deficient in some part, thing, or respect: to be wanting in courtesy. 3. deficient by the absence of some part or thing; falling short. 4.… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 9 wanting — /won ting, wawn /, adj. 1. lacking or absent: a motor with some of the parts wanting. 2. deficient in some part, thing, or respect: to be wanting in courtesy. prep. 3. lacking; without: a box wanting a lid. 4. less; minus: a century wanting three …

    Universalium

  • 10 wanting — adj. deficient 1) wanting in 2) (misc.) to be found wanting * * * [ wɒntɪŋ] (misc.) to be found wanting [ deficient ] wanting in …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 11 wanting — want|ing [ wantıŋ ] adjective not as good as something should be: be found wanting: U.N. peacekeeping forces were found wanting. be wanting in something FORMAL to be lacking something important: My father is wanting in patience …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 wanting — [[t]wɒ̱ntɪŋ[/t]] ADJ GRADED: v link ADJ, oft ADJ in n If you find something or someone wanting, they are not of as high a standard as you think they should be. He analysed his game and found it wanting... Eleanor was scrutinized, too, and often… …

    English dictionary

  • 13 wanting — want•ing [[t]ˈwɒn tɪŋ, ˈwɔn [/t]] adj. 1) lacking or absent: a motor with some of the parts wanting[/ex] 2) deficient in some part or respect: to be wanting in courtesy[/ex] 3) lacking; without: a box wanting a lid[/ex] 4) less; minus: a century… …

    From formal English to slang

  • 14 wanting — UK [ˈwɒntɪŋ] / US [ˈwɑntɪŋ] adjective not as good as something should be be found wanting: UN peacekeeping forces were found wanting. • be wanting in something …

    English dictionary

  • 15 wanting — adj. 1 lacking (in quality or quantity); deficient, not equal to requirements (wanting in judgement; the standard is sadly wanting). 2 absent, not supplied or provided. Phrases and idioms: be found wanting fail to meet requirements …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 16 wanting — I. adjective Date: 15th century 1. not present or in evidence ; absent 2. a. not being up to standards or expectations b. lacking in ability or capacity ; deficient II. preposition Da …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 wanting — adjective 1) the defenses were found wanting Syn: deficient, inadequate, lacking, insufficient, imperfect, unacceptable, unsatisfactory, flawed, faulty, defective, unsound, substandard, inferior, second rate, poor, shoddy …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 18 Wanting — Want Want, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wanted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wanting}.] [1913 Webster] 1. 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 …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 19 wanting — lacking or absent. Used in older descriptions of fishes, e.g. wanting pelvic fins is not a wish on the part of the fish …

    Dictionary of ichthyology

  • 20 wanting — 1. adjective Absent or lacking. but where other powers of entertainment are wanting, the true philosopher will derive benefit from such as are given. 2. preposition without …

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