Definition and Meanings for want

·This dictionary definitions come from open dictionary GNU Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
·The meaning of a word in English varies according to its part of speech , for this reason the different meanings are ordered by their part of speech.
·It is a very easy to use dictionary , very well structured that will allow you to solve all your doubts on any word and you also will deepen the knowledge of the English language.


Want is ranked 11,320 in the ranking of most used words in English

Part of Speech of want

noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

Etymology of want

originally an adj., from icel. vant, neuter of vanr lacking, deficient. wane, v. i.pos icel. vanta to be wanting. see want to lack

Meaning of want


as noun, intransitive verb

  • 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.
  • specifically, absence or lack of necessaries; destitution; poverty; penury; indigence; need.
  • 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.
  • a depression in coal strata, hollowed out before the subsequent deposition took place.

as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • to feel need of; to wish or long for; to desire; to crave.

as intransitive verb

  • 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.
  • to be in a state of destitution; to be needy; to lack.
  • Punctuation Rules in English
    Punctuation Rules in English

    Are you confused about punctuation in English? Well, then you have come to the right place! I hope to explain punctuation rules briefly with clarity.

    Read more...
  • Verbs.Types of Verbs
    Verbs.Types of Verbs

    1. Definition and function of verbs

    In English, the verb shows the action, state, occurrence in a sentence, being the principal part of the predicate. The function of the verbs is to describe the action, conditions, or state regarding to the subject. They state is something happened, is happening or will happen in the future.

    Read more...
  • Adjectives. Types of Adjectives
    Adjectives. Types of Adjectives

    1. What is an Adjective and its Functions

    An adjective is used with a noun, describing or improving it. It has the function to modify the noun, to complement it, or to support it within the phrase. With their help, we can describe the subject or the object in the sentence, enriching the content and increasing comprehension.

    Read more...