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Definition of "want" []

  • To desire greatly; wish for: They want to leave. She wants a glass of water. See Synonyms at desire. (verb-transitive)
  • To desire (someone to do something): I want you to clean your room. (verb-transitive)
  • To request the presence or assistance of: You are wanted by your office. (verb-transitive)
  • To seek with intent to capture: The fugitive is wanted by the police. (verb-transitive)
  • To have an inclination toward; like: Say what you want, but be tactful. (verb-transitive)
  • To feel a need or longing for (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To wish, need, or desire (something or to do something) (verb)
  • To be lacking or deficient (in something necessary or desirable) (verb)
  • To feel the absence of (verb)
  • To fall short by (a specified amount) (verb)
  • To have need of or require (doing or being something) (verb)
  • To be destitute (verb)
  • To seek or request the presence of (verb)
  • To be absent (verb)
  • Should or ought (to do something) (verb)
  • The act or an instance of wanting (noun)
  • Anything that is needed, desired, or lacked (noun)
  • A lack, shortage, or absence (noun)
  • The state of being in need; destitution (noun)
  • A sense of lack; craving (noun)

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Use "want" in a sentence
  • "May 27, 2008 at 11:39 am dis mai 3rd day ov gibben up skwrlz……gotta hab wun…..want want want……."
  • "Oh, you mean he doesn't ***really*** want to follow God's Law, but wants to do what all fundagelicals do, and pretend that God's Law is what ever bits of the Bible they *want* to follow, while insisting Jesus, in obviously one of his "unpublished" works, overturned the bits they don't?"
  • "“That's what I'd sign up for,” he said, explaining he'd want to defend the right “to learn and think what you want” as Canadians have now taken as a birthright."