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English noun: want

1. want (state) a state of extreme poverty


Synonymsdeprivation, neediness, privation


Broader (hypernym)impoverishment, poorness, poverty

2. want (state) the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable


SamplesThere is a serious lack of insight into the problem.
Water is the critical deficiency in desert regions.
For want of a nail the shoe was lost.


Synonymsdeficiency, lack


Broader (hypernym)demand, need


Narrower (hyponym)absence, dearth, deficit, famine, mineral deficiency, shortage, shortness, stringency, tightness

3. want (object) anything that is necessary but lacking


SamplesHe had sufficient means to meet his simple needs.
I tried to supply his wants.


Synonymsneed


Broader (hypernym)essential, necessary, necessity, requirement, requisite

4. want (feeling) a specific feeling of desire


SamplesHe got his wish.
He was above all wishing and desire.


Synonymswish, wishing


Broader (hypernym)desire


Narrower (hyponym)velleity


English verb: want

1. want (emotion) feel or have a desire for; want strongly


SamplesI want to go home now.
I want my own room.


ExamplesThey want him to write the letter


Synonymsdesire


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE


Narrower (hyponym)ambition, begrudge, care, crave, envy, fancy, feel like, go for, hanker, hope, hunger, itch, lech after, like, like, long, lust, lust after, miss, seek, spoil, starve, take to, thirst, wish, wish, wish, wish well, yearn

2. want (consumption) have need of


SamplesThis piano wants the attention of a competent tuner.


ExamplesThey want more bread, They want him to write the letter, They want to move


Synonymsneed, require


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)be


Narrower (hyponym)cry

3. want (contact) hunt or look for; want for a particular reason


SamplesYour former neighbor is wanted by the FBI.
Uncle Sam wants you.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)look for, search, seek


Verb groupwant

4. want (cognition) wish or demand the presence of


SamplesI want you here at noon!.


ExamplesThey want him to write the letter


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)demand


Verb groupwant

5. want (stative) be without, lack; be deficient in


SamplesWant courtesy.
Want the strength to go on living.
Flood victims wanting food and shelter.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)lack, miss









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