3. 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.
Habitual superfluities become actual wants.Paley.
4. (Mining) A depression in coal strata, hollowed out before the subsequent deposition took place.
Syn. Indigence; deficiency; defect; destitution; lack; failure; dearth; scarceness.
(Want), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wanted; p. pr. & vb. n. Wanting.]
1. 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.
They that want honesty, want anything.Beau. & Fl.
Nor think, though men were none,Milton.
That heaven would want spectators, God want praise.
The unhappy never want enemies.Richardson.
2. 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.
3. To feel need of; to wish or long for; to desire; to crave. " What wants my son?" Addison.
I want to speak to you about something.A. Trollope.
(Want), v. i. [Icel. vanta to be wanting. See Want to lack.]
1. 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.
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.Dryden.
2. To be in a state of destitution; to be needy; to lack.
You have a gift, sirB. Jonson.
Will never let you want.
For as in bodies, thus in souls, we findPope.
What wants in blood and spirits, swelled with wind.
Want was formerly used impersonally with an indirect object. "Him wanted audience." Chaucer.
(Wa'n't) A colloquial contraction of was not.
(Want"age) n. That which is wanting; deficiency.
(Want"ing), a. Absent; lacking; missing; also, deficient; destitute; needy; as, one of the twelve is
wanting; I shall not be wanting in exertion.
(Want"less) a. Having no want; abundant; fruitful.
(Wan"ton) a. [OE. wantoun, contr. from wantowen; pref. wan- wanting (see Wane, v. i.),
hence expressing negation + towen, p. p., AS. togen, p. p. of teón to draw, to educate, bring up; hence,
properly, ill bred. See Tug, v. t.]