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 wanted
“Jeffrey wanted me to tell you that you looked so pretty,” the female voice said into my disbelieving ear.I Tried to Warn You About Sleazy Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein in 2003|Vicky Ward|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Lucas answered immediately when asked why he wanted to join the NYPD.
His wife passed away and they had kids, and he wanted to focus on being a dad so he just stopped to raise his kids.
Our fans have seen all our sketches, so we wanted to give them something a little deeper about each character.
And with the dance sequence, we wanted something very physical.
If I hadn't kept going when you all wanted to turn back, you mean.The Lost Valley|J. M. Walsh
He had supposed that a rich man's son, because he was a rich man's son, always had all the money he wanted.'As Gold in the Furnace'|John E. Copus
She wanted to run, and yet some subconscious idea restrained her.The Camp Fire Girls in the Outside World|Margaret Vandercook
The exigencies of the solar system may make it impossible for the sun to be always there, but it should be around when wanted.
"That will give you some time to rest, mother," said Paul, who wanted to keep back his good news for a while.Paul the Peddler|Horatio Alger, Jr.
Word Origin for want
Word Origin for want
"sought by the police," 1812, present participle adjective from want (v.). Wanted poster attested by 1945.
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."
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with want
- want for nothing
- want in
- waste not, want not