wanting

[ won-ting, wawn- ]
/ ˈwɒn tɪŋ, ˈwɔn- /

adjective

lacking or absent: a motor with some of the parts wanting.
deficient in some part, thing, or respect: to be wanting in courtesy.

preposition

lacking; without: a box wanting a lid.
less; minus: a century wanting three years.

Origin of wanting

1250–1300; Middle English (adj.); see want, -ing2

Definition for wanting (2 of 2)

want

[ wont, wawnt ]
/ wɒnt, wɔnt /

verb (used with object)


verb (used without object)

noun

Origin of want

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

Related forms

Can be confused

unwanted unwontedwant wont

Synonym study

1. See wish. 3. See lack. 15. See poverty.
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British Dictionary definitions for wanting (1 of 3)

wanting

/ (ˈwɒntɪŋ) /

adjective (postpositive)

lacking or absent; missing
not meeting requirements or expectationsyou have been found wanting

preposition

without
archaic minus

British Dictionary definitions for wanting (2 of 3)

want

1
/ (wɒnt) /

verb


noun

Derived Forms

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 wanting (3 of 3)

want

2
/ (wɒnt) /

noun

English dialect a mole

Word Origin for want

Old English wand
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Idioms and Phrases with wanting

want

In addition to the idioms beginning with want

  • want for nothing
  • want in

also see:

  • waste not, want not

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