Want Definition

Define what is Want?

1. deprivation, neediness, privation, want (noun)

a state of extreme poverty.


    impoverishment, poorness, poverty noun
    the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions.

    2. desire, want (verb)

    feel or have a desire for; want strongly.

    • I want to go home now.
    • I want my own room.
    Synonyms: desire

    crave, lust, hunger, thirst, starve verb
    have a craving, appetite, or great desire for.

    take to, fancy, go for verb
    have a fancy or particular liking or desire for.

    Miss verb
    feel or suffer from the lack of.

    Hope verb
    be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes.

    wish verb
    hope for; have a wish.

    wish well, wish verb
    feel or express a desire or hope concerning the future or fortune of.

    like, wish, care verb
    prefer or wish to do something.

    itch, spoil verb
    have a strong desire or urge to do something.

    like verb
    want to have.

    ambition verb
    have as one's ambition.

    feel like verb
    have an inclination for something or some activity.

    begrudge, envy verb
    be envious of; set one's heart on.

    lech after, lust after verb
    have a strong sexual desire for.

    hanker, long, yearn verb
    desire strongly or persistently.

    seek verb
    try to get or reach.

    3. deficiency, lack, want (noun)

    the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable.

    • there 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.
    Synonyms: deficiency, lack

    need, demand noun
    a condition requiring relief.


    absence noun
    the state of being absent.

    dearth, famine, shortage noun
    an acute insufficiency.

    deficit noun
    a deficiency or failure in neurological or mental functioning.

    mineral deficiency noun
    lack of a mineral micronutrient that is essential for normal nutrition or metabolism.

    shortness noun
    the condition of being short of something.

    stringency, tightness noun
    a state occasioned by scarcity of money and a shortage of credit.

    4. need, want, require (verb)

    have need of.

    • This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner.
    Synonyms: need, require

    Be verb
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun).


    cry verb
    demand immediate action.

    5. need, want (noun)

    anything that is necessary but lacking.

    • he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs.
    • I tried to supply his wants.
    Synonyms: need

    essential, necessary, requisite, necessity, requirement noun
    anything indispensable.

    6. want (verb)

    hunt or look for; want for a particular reason.

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

    look for, search, seek verb
    try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of.

    7. wish, wishing, want (noun)

    a specific feeling of desire.

    • he got his wish.
    • he was above all wishing and desire.
    Synonyms: wish, wishing

    desire noun
    the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state.


    velleity noun
    a mere wish, unaccompanied by effort to obtain.

    8. want (verb)

    wish or demand the presence of.

    • I want you here at noon!.

    demand verb
    request urgently and forcefully.

    9. want (verb)

    be without, lack; be deficient in.

    • want courtesy.
    • want the strength to go on living.
    • flood victims wanting food and shelter.

    lack, Miss verb
    be without.

    Nearby Terms

    want ad (noun)
    a newspaper advertisement stating what is wanted

    wanted (adjective)
    desired or wished for or sought

    wanted notice (noun)
    a public announcement by a law enforcement agency that they desire to question or arrest some person

    wanted poster (noun)
    a public announcement by a law enforcement agency that they desire to question or arrest some person

    wanter (noun)
    a person who wants or needs something

    wanting (adjective satellite)

    wanton (noun)
    lewd or lascivious woman

    wanton away (verb)
    waste time; spend one's time idly or inefficiently

    wantonly (adverb)
    in a wanton manner

    wantonness (noun)
    the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry

    wapiti (noun)
    large North American deer with large much-branched antlers in the male

    war (noun)
    the waging of armed conflict against an enemy

    War Admiral (noun)
    thoroughbred that won the triple crown in 1937

    war advocacy (noun)
    a policy of advocating war

    war baby (noun)
    conceived or born during war