Want

Definition of Want

Pronunciation: 277
n.1.
1.The state of not having; the condition of being without anything; absence or scarcity of what is needed or desired; deficiency; lack; as, a want of power or knowledge for any purpose; want of food and clothing.
And me, his parent, would full soon devour
For want of other prey.
- Milton.
From having wishes in consequence of our wants, we often feel wants in consequence of our wishes.
- Rambler.
Pride is as loud a beggar as want, and more saucy.
- Franklin.
2.Specifically, absence or lack of necessaries; destitution; poverty; penury; indigence; need.
Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches, as to conceive how others can be in want.
- Swift.
3.That which is needed or desired; a thing of which the loss is felt; what is not possessed, and is necessary for use or pleasure.
4.(Mining) A depression in coal strata, hollowed out before the subsequent deposition took place.
v. t.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.
They that want honesty, want anything.
- Beau. & Fl.
Nor think, though men were none,
That heaven would want spectators, God want praise.
- Milton.
The unhappy never want enemies.
- Richardson.
2.To have occasion for, as useful, proper, or requisite; to require; to need; as, in winter we want a fire; in summer we want cooling breezes.
3.To feel need of; to wish or long for; to desire; to crave.
I want to speak to you about something.
- A. Trollope.
v. i.1.
1.To be absent; to be deficient or lacking; to fail; not to be sufficient; to fall or come short; to lack; - often used impersonally with of; as, it wants ten minutes of four.
The disposition, the manners, and the thoughts are all before it; where any of those are wanting or imperfect, so much wants or is imperfect in the imitation of human life.
- Dryden.
2.To be in a state of destitution; to be needy; to lack.
You have a gift, sir (thank your education),
Will never let you want.
- B. Jonson.
For as in bodies, thus in souls, we find
What wants in blood and spirits, swelled with wind.
- Pope.

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