verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Idioms for want
- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM want
Words nearby want
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What are other ways to say want?
To want is to feel a need or a desire for something. How is want different from desire and wish? Find out on Thesaurus.com.
How to use want in a sentence
I'm concerned that so many people experienced complications, for want of a more inclusive word.The Trailer: A Texas free-for-all, as twenty-three candidates battle for a swing House seat|David Weigel|April 22, 2021|Washington Post
In his research, he and his colleagues have found that when faced with decisions, CEOs rarely give weight to the wants and needs of stakeholders, largely because there is little value or profit incentive to do so.Stakeholder capitalism: Is it working, or is it all talk?|McKenna Moore|November 3, 2020|Fortune
Every buyer has their own list of wants, needs, and must not have’s in their head.
You can paint a spoon any color you want and go crazy with experimental patterns.Turn an old spoon into a fishing lure that’ll catch almost anything|By Joe Cermele/Field & Stream|June 25, 2020|Popular Science
We think it’s our responsibility to make room for others and to use our privilege to create the change we want to see.‘Long road ahead’: Ad agencies are releasing diversity data — and admitting their shortcomings|Kristina Monllos|June 23, 2020|Digiday
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?
One wants speech to be free, but one doesn't actually want to hear it.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
No one seems to know who that is—or why they would want to do such a thing.
Now first we shall want our pupil to understand, speak, read and write the mother tongue well.
The sailors sometimes use it to fry their meat, for want of butter, and find it agreeable enough.
It will be a busy session; and I want to see if I can't become a useful public man.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
Do you want the marriage of your daughter with the rich and Honourable Harry broken?The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
I want to see the sort of thing happening to schools that has already happened to many sorts of retail shops.
British Dictionary definitions for want (1 of 2)
Derived forms of wantwanter, noun
Word Origin for want
British Dictionary definitions for want (2 of 2)
Word Origin for want
Idioms and Phrases with want
In addition to the idioms beginning with want
- want for nothing
- want in
- waste not, want not