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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.


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


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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