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1 want /ˈwɑːnt/ verb
wants; wanted; wanting
1 want
/ˈwɑːnt/
verb
wants; wanted; wanting
Learner's definition of WANT
[+ object] : to desire or wish for (something)
often followed by to + verb
[+ object]
: to need (something)
[+ object] : to be without (something needed) : lack
not used in progressive tenses [+ object]
: to wish or demand to see or talk to (someone)
: to desire (someone) to do something
sometimes + for in informal U.S. English
: to seek (someone) in order to make an arrest usually used as (be) wanted
always followed by an adverb or preposition, [no object] informal : to desire to move or be in or out of a place
usually used figuratively
not used in progressive tenses, [+ object] informal used to give advice about what someone should do or be followed by to + verb
not used in progressive tenses, [+ object] : to feel sexual desire for (someone)

want for

[phrasal verb]
want for (something or someone)
: to be without (someone or something) : to lack (someone or something)
see also 1want 3b (above)

want no part of/in

see 1part

want nothing to do with

see 1do

want rid of

see rid
2 want /ˈwɑːnt/ noun
plural wants
2 want
/ˈwɑːnt/
noun
plural wants
Learner's definition of WANT
formal : the state or condition of not having any or enough of something : lack
[singular]
[noncount]
[count] : something that is desired or needed usually plural
[noncount] : the state or condition of being poor

for (the) want of

: because of not having (something) : because (something) does not exist or is not available

in want of

: in the condition of wanting or needing (something)

not for want of

: not because of not having or doing (something)
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