want

[ wont, wawnt ]
/ wɒnt, wɔnt /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

noun

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Idioms for want

    want in/out, Chiefly Midland.
    1. to desire to enter or leave: The cat wants in.
    2. Informal. to desire acceptance in or release from something specified: I talked with Louie about our plan, and he wants in.

Origin of want

1150–1200; Middle English wante < Old Norse vanta to lack

synonym study for want

1. See wish. 3. See lack. 15. See poverty.

OTHER WORDS FROM want

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH want

unwanted unwontedwant wont
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British Dictionary definitions for wanted (1 of 3)

wanted
/ (ˈwɒntɪd) /

adjective

being searched for by the police in connection with a crime that has been committed

British Dictionary definitions for wanted (2 of 3)

want1
/ (wɒnt) /

verb

noun

Derived forms of want

wanter, noun

Word Origin for want

C12 (vb, in the sense: it is lacking), C13 (n): from Old Norse vanta to be deficient; related to Old English wanian to wane

British Dictionary definitions for wanted (3 of 3)

want2
/ (wɒnt) /

noun

English dialect a mole

Word Origin for want

Old English wand
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Idioms and Phrases with wanted

want

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