[ wont, wawnt ]
/ wɒnt, wɔnt /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Nearby words

  1. wanna,
  2. wannabe,
  3. wannabee,
  4. wanne-eickel,
  5. wannish,
  6. want ad,
  7. want for nothing,
  8. want in,
  9. want knap,
  10. want list


    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

Related forms
Can be confusedunwanted unwontedwant wont

Synonym study

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

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Examples from the Web for wanted

British Dictionary definitions for wanted


/ (ˈwɒntɪd) /


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


/ (wɒnt) /



Derived Formswanter, 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


/ (wɒnt) /


English dialect a mole

Word Origin for want

Old English wand

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Word Origin and History for wanted
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Idioms and Phrases with wanted


In addition to the idioms beginning with want

  • want for nothing
  • want in

also see:

  • waste not, want not
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