verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- want ad,
- want for nothing,
- want in,
- want knap,
- want list
- to desire to enter or leave: The cat wants in.
- Informal.to desire acceptance in or release from something specified: I talked with Louie about our plan, and he wants in.
Origin of want
Examples from the Web for want
So it might be me projecting my desires onto Archer to want to just get away from work for a few weeks.‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Models in Israel will have to maintain a BMI of 18.5 or higher if they want to stay employed.How Skinny Is Too Skinny? Israel Bans ‘Underweight’ Models|Carrie Arnold|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Why would “they” want to crush him just for attempting to buy something twenty years ago?
But the most important point I want to make is about what the press does now.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive|Ayaan Hirsi Ali|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
What an amazing thing to be able to listen to any music you want, a whole world of bands.
“I will fasten up your dress in the neck if that is what you want,” said she.The Shoulders of Atlas|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
"Dunno ez I want ye now," she returned, with a toss of her head.Frank Merriwell Down South|Burt L. Standish
The latter are very much shocked at the want of propriety in the management of the English.Pencillings by the Way|N. Parker Willis
But I have wrestled with misfortune in vain; I have struggled with want, till want has overcome me.Bentley's Miscellany, Volume II|Various
If you want some butter it doesn't matter whether you buy it from Brown or Jones or Robinson.'The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists|Robert Tressell
Word Origin for want
Word Origin for want
c.1200, "to be lacking," from Old Norse vanta "to lack, want," earlier *wanaton, from Proto-Germanic *wanen, from PIE *we-no-, from root *eue- "to leave, abandon, give out" (see vain). The meaning "desire, wish for" is first recorded 1706. Related: wanted; wanting.
c.1300, "deficiency, shortage," from Old Norse vant, neuter of vanr "wanting, deficient;" related to Old English wanian "to diminish" (see wane). Phrase for want of is recorded from c.1400. Meaning "state of destitution" is recorded from mid-14c. Newspaper want ad is recorded from 1897. Middle English had wantsum (c.1200) "in want, deprived of," literally "want-some."
In addition to the idioms beginning with want
- want for nothing
- want in
- waste not, want not