want

See also: Want, Wänt, wa'n't, and wan't

English

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Etymology

From Middle English wanten (to lack), from Old Norse vanta (to lack), from Proto-Germanic *wanatōną (to be wanting, lack), from *wanô (lack, deficiency), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁weh₂- (empty). Cognate with Middle High German wan (not full, empty), Middle Dutch wan (empty, poor), Old English wana (want, lack, absence, deficiency), Latin vanus (empty). See wan, wan-.

Verb

want (third-person singular simple present wants, present participle wanting, simple past and past participle wanted)

  1. (transitive) To wish for or to desire (something). [from 18th c.]
    What do you want to eat?  I want you to leave.  I never wanted to go back to live with my mother.  I want to be an astronaut when I'm older.  I don't want him to marry Gloria, I want him to marry me!  What do you want from me?  Do you want anything from the shops?
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      1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 13, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      And Vickers launched forth into a tirade very different from his platform utterances. He spoke with extreme contempt of the dense stupidity exhibited on all occasions by the working classes. He said that if you wanted to do anything for them, you must rule them, not pamper them. Soft heartedness caused more harm than good.
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      2013 July-August, Henry Petroski, “Geothermal Energy”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 4:
      Energy has seldom been found where we need it when we want it. Ancient nomads, wishing to ward off the evening chill and enjoy a meal around a campfire, had to collect wood and then spend time and effort coaxing the heat of friction out from between sticks to kindle a flame. With more settled people, animals were harnessed to capstans or caged in treadmills to turn grist into meal.
    • 2016, VOA Learning English (public domain)
      I want to find a supermarket. — Oh, okay. The supermarket is at 1500 Irving Street. It is near the apartment. — Great!
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  2. (intransitive, now dated) To be lacking or deficient; not to exist. [from 13th c.]
    There was something wanting in the play.
    • (Can we date this quote?)Lua error in Module:utilities at line 138: Language code has not been specified. Please pass parameter 1 to the template. Dryden
      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.
  3. (transitive) To lack, not to have (something). [from 13th c.]
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970, partition II, section 3, member 7:
      he that hath skill to be a pilot wants a ship; and he that could govern a commonwealth [] wants means to exercise his worth, hath not a poor office to manage.
    • (Can we date this quote?)Lua error in Module:utilities at line 138: Language code has not been specified. Please pass parameter 1 to the template. James Merrick
      Not what we wish, but what we want, / Oh, let thy grace supply!
    • (Can we date this quote?)Lua error in Module:utilities at line 138: Language code has not been specified. Please pass parameter 1 to the template. Addison
      I observed that your whip wanted a lash to it.
  4. (colloquial, usually second person, often future tense) should; to be advised to do something
    You’ll want to repeat this three or four times to get the best result.
  5. (transitive, colloquial, with verbal noun as object) To be in need of; to require (something). [from 15th c.]
    • 1866, Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Chapter 7:
      “Your hair wants cutting,” said the Hatter. He had been looking at Alice for some time with great curiosity, and this was his first speech.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room, Chapter 2:
      The mowing-machine always wanted oiling. Barnet turned it under Jacob's window, and it creaked—creaked, and rattled across the lawn and creaked again.
    That chair wants fixing.
  6. (intransitive, dated) To be in a state of destitution; to be needy; to lack.
    • (Can we date this quote?)Lua error in Module:utilities at line 138: Language code has not been specified. Please pass parameter 1 to the template. Ben Jonson
      You have a gift, sir (thank your education), / Will never let you want.
    • (Can we date this quote?)Lua error in Module:utilities at line 138: Language code has not been specified. Please pass parameter 1 to the template. Alexander Pope
      For as in bodies, thus in souls, we find / What wants in blood and spirits, swelled with wind.

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Noun

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want (countable and uncountable, plural wants)

  1. (countable) A desire, wish, longing.
  2. (countable, often followed by of) Lack, absence.
    • c. 1591, William Shakespeare, King Henry VI Part 2, act 4, sc. 8:
      [H]eavens and honour be witness, that no want of resolution in me, but only my followers' base and ignominious treasons, makes me betake me to my heels.
    • (Can we date this quote?)Lua error in Module:utilities at line 138: Language code has not been specified. Please pass parameter 1 to the template. For Want of a Nail:
      For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
      For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
      For want of a horse the rider was lost.
      For want of a rider the battle was lost.
      For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
      And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
  3. (uncountable) Poverty.
    • (Can we date this quote?)Lua error in Module:utilities at line 138: Language code has not been specified. Please pass parameter 1 to the template. Jonathan Swift
      Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches, as to conceive how others can be in want.
  4. Something needed or desired; a thing of which the loss is felt.
    • (Can we date this quote?)Lua error in Module:utilities at line 138: Language code has not been specified. Please pass parameter 1 to the template. Paley
      Habitual superfluities become actual wants.
  5. (Britain, mining) A depression in coal strata, hollowed out before the subsequent deposition took place.

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  • want at OneLook Dictionary Search

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Afrikaans

Etymology

From Dutch want, from Middle Dutch want, from Old Dutch wanda, from Proto-Germanic *hwandē.

Conjunction

want

  1. for, because

Dutch

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

From Middle Dutch want, from Old Dutch wanda, from Proto-Germanic *hwandê.

Conjunction

Template:nl-con

  1. for, because
    Hij komt niet, want hij is ziek. — He is not coming, because he is sick. (Note: The order is SVO after want.)
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Etymology 2

From Middle Dutch want, from Old Dutch *want, from Proto-Germanic *wantuz.

Noun

want f (plural wanten, diminutive wantje n)

  1. mitten

Etymology 3

From Middle Dutch want, gewant, from Old Dutch *giwant, from Proto-Germanic *gawandą, from the root of winden.

Noun

want n (plural wanten, diminutive wantje n)

  1. shroud, sideways support for a mast.

Etymology 4

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb

want

  1. second- and third-person singular present indicative of wannen
  2. (archaic) plural imperative of wannen

Middle Dutch

Etymology 1

from Old Dutch wanda, from Proto-Germanic *hwandē.

Conjunction

want

  1. because, for
Descendants

Etymology 2

From Old Dutch *want, from Proto-Germanic *wantuz.

Noun

want m

  1. glove, mitten
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Old High German

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *wanduz (stick, rod; barrier made of sticks, fence), whence also Old Norse vǫndr, Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌽𐌳𐌿𐍃 (wandus).

Noun

want f

  1. wall

Descendants

  • Middle High German: want
    • Central Franconian: Wand, Wank
    • Cimbrian: bant
    • German: Wand
    • Hunsrik: Wand
    • Luxembourgish: Wand
    • Pennsylvania German: Wand
    • Vilamovian: waond
    • Yiddish: וואַנט(vant)

Tocharian A

Etymology

From Proto-TocharianLua error in Module:debug at line 174: This template is deprecated. Please use {{der}}, {{inh}}, {{bor}}, {{cog}} or {{noncog}}. *w'entë, from Post-PIE *h₂weh₁ntos, from Proto-Indo-EuropeanLua error in Module:debug at line 174: This template is deprecated. Please use {{der}}, {{inh}}, {{bor}}, {{cog}} or {{noncog}}. *h₂wéh₁nts, from *h₂weh₁- (to blow) (compare English wind, Latin ventus). Compare Tocharian B yente.

Noun

want

  1. wind