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.

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Origin of wanting

1250–1300; Middle English (adj.); see want, -ing2
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British Dictionary definitions for wanting

wanting
/ (ˈwɒntɪŋ) /

adjective (postpositive)

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

preposition

without
archaic minus
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