want

[ wont, wawnt ]
/ wɒnt, wɔnt /
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verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

noun

Idioms

    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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British Dictionary definitions for wants (1 of 2)

want

1
/ (wɒnt) /

verb

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for wants (2 of 2)

want

2
/ (wɒnt) /

noun

English dialect a mole

Word Origin for want

Old English wand
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Idioms and Phrases with wants

want


In addition to the idioms beginning with want

  • want for nothing
  • want in

also see:

  • waste not, want not
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