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Definition 1: a specific feeling of desire - [noun denoting feeling]

Samples where want or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he got his wish
  • he was above all wishing and desire

Synonyms for want in the sense of this definition

(want is a kind of ...) the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state

(... is a kind of want ) a mere wish, unaccompanied by effort to obtain

Definition 2: anything that is necessary but lacking - [noun denoting object]

Samples where want or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs
  • I tried to supply his wants

Synonyms for want in the sense of this definition

(want is a kind of ...) anything indispensable

"food and shelter are necessities of life" "the essentials of the good life" "allow farmers to buy their requirements under favorable conditions" "a place where the requisites of water fuel and fodder can be obtained"

Definition 3: a state of extreme poverty - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for want in the sense of this definition

(want is a kind of ...) the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions

Definition 4: the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable - [noun denoting state]

Samples where want or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • there is a serious lack of insight into the problem
  • water is the critical deficiency in desert regions
  • for want of a nail the shoe was lost

Synonyms for want in the sense of this definition

(want is a kind of ...) a condition requiring relief

"she satisfied his need for affection" "God has no need of men to accomplish His work" "there is a demand for jobs"

(... is a kind of want ) the state of being absent

"he was surprised by the absence of any explanation"

(... is a kind of want ) an acute insufficiency

(... is a kind of want ) a deficiency or failure in neurological or mental functioning

"the people concerned have a deficit in verbal memory" "they have serious linguistic deficits"

(... is a kind of want ) lack of a mineral micronutrient that is essential for normal nutrition or metabolism

(... is a kind of want ) the condition of being short of something

"there was no shortness of money" "can cause shortness of breath"

(... is a kind of want ) a state occasioned by scarcity of money and a shortage of credit

Definition 5: wish or demand the presence of - [verb of cognition]

Samples where want or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I want you here at noon!

(want is a kind of ...) request urgently and forcefully

"The victim's family is demanding compensation" "The boss demanded that he be fired immediately" "She demanded to see the manager"

(want has a similar meaning as ...) hunt or look for; want for a particular reason

"Your former neighbor is wanted by the FBI" "Uncle Sam wants you"

Definition 6: have need of - [verb of consumption]

Samples where want or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner

Synonyms for want in the sense of this definition

(want is a kind of ...) have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)

"John is rich" "This is not a good answer"

(... is a kind of want ) demand immediate action

"This situation is crying for attention"

Definition 7: hunt or look for; want for a particular reason - [verb of contact]

Samples where want or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • Your former neighbor is wanted by the FBI
  • Uncle Sam wants you

(want is a kind of ...) try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of

"The police are searching for clues" "They are searching for the missing man in the entire county"

(want has a similar meaning as ...) wish or demand the presence of

"I want you here at noon!"

Definition 8: feel or have a desire for; want strongly - [verb of emotion]

Samples where want or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I want to go home now
  • I want my own room

Synonyms for want in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of want ) have a craving, appetite, or great desire for

(... is a kind of want ) desire strongly or persistently

(... is a kind of want ) have a strong sexual desire for

"he is lusting after his secretary"

(... is a kind of want ) be envious of; set one's heart on

(... is a kind of want ) have an inclination for something or some activity

"I feel like staying in bed all day" "I feel like a cold beer now"

(... is a kind of want ) have as one's ambition

(... is a kind of want ) want to have

"I'd like a beer now!"

(... is a kind of want ) have a strong desire or urge to do something

"She is itching to start the project" "He is spoiling for a fight"

(... is a kind of want ) prefer or wish to do something

"Do you care to try this dish?" "Would you like to come along to the movies?"

(... is a kind of want ) feel or express a desire or hope concerning the future or fortune of

(... is a kind of want ) hope for; have a wish

"I wish I could go home now"

(... is a kind of want ) be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes

"I am still hoping that all will turn out well"

(... is a kind of want ) feel or suffer from the lack of

"He misses his mother"

(... is a kind of want ) have a fancy or particular liking or desire for

"She fancied a necklace that she had seen in the jeweler's window"

(... is a kind of want ) try to get or reach

"seek a position" "seek an education" "seek happiness"

Definition 9: be without, lack; be deficient in - [verb of stative]

Samples where want or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • want courtesy
  • want the strength to go on living
  • flood victims wanting food and shelter

(want is a kind of ...) be without

"This soup lacks salt" "There is something missing in my jewelry box!"

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