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Want

Want appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • Wow, race winners really want red wine right away!
  • They think that their teeth get thinner at times they want to taste thick meat.

Usage statistics for the verb want:

spoken English77.03%written English22.97% conversational speech65.94%task-oriented speech34.06%
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Want is sometimes a misspelling of wait, wanted, went, what, when, who, don't or wants.

The word want is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun want

What does want mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: wants

  1. a state of extreme poverty
  2. the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable
    • example: for want of a nail the shoe was lost
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • synonyms of want: deficiency / lack
    • more generic words: demand / need = a condition requiring relief
    • more specific terms:
      • absence = the state of being absent
      • shortage / dearth / famine = an acute insufficiency
      • deficit = a deficiency or failure in neurological or mental functioning
      • mineral deficiency = lack of a mineral micronutrient that is essential for normal nutrition or metabolism
      • shortness = the condition of being short of something
      • stringency / tightness = a state occasioned by scarcity of money and a shortage of credit
  3. anything that is necessary but lacking
  4. a specific feeling of desire
    • lexical domain: Feelings - nouns denoting feelings and emotions
    • synonyms of want: wish / wishing
    • more generic word: desire = the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
    • more specific word: velleity = a mere wish, unaccompanied by effort to obtain

Alternative definition of the noun want

noun

  1. [countable] A desire, wish, longing.
  2. [countable, often, followed by [term, of]] Lack, absence.
  3. [uncountable] Poverty.

Definition of the verb want

What does want mean as a doing word?

Want is one of the top 50 most common verbs. It is used mostly in speech, being the 9th most common verb in spoken English.View more statistics!

verb - inflections: wanted | wanting | wants

  1. feel or have a desire for; want strongly
    • examples: I want to go home now | I want my own room | They want him to write the letter
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient]He ordered JohnOrder Verbs: allow, beseech, call, invite, need, okay, permit, summon
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Patient] [Proposition, object control with infinitive]He ordered John to eat his sloth
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme]I needed him hereVerbs of Desire: desire, like, need, prefer
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Adjective]She wanted the meat red
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme] for [Attribute]Dorothy needs her for her skills
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, accusative with -ing]I need him cooking
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, for-complement clause]I need for her to be happy
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, -ing]I need exercising
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, noun phrase with past participle]I need the children found
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, noun phrase with infinitive]I needed him to go
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, possessive with -ing]I needed his cooking
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, subject control with infinitive]I needed to come
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, to be]I need him to be nice
    • lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
    • synonym of want: desire
    • more specific terms:
  2. have need of
    • examples: This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner | They want more bread | They want him to write the letter | They want to move
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme]I needed him here
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Adjective]She wanted the meat red
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme] for [Attribute]Dorothy needs her for her skills
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, accusative with -ing]I need him cooking
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, for-complement clause]I need for her to be happy
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, -ing]I need exercising
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, noun phrase with past participle]I need the children found
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, noun phrase with infinitive]I needed him to go
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, possessive with -ing]I needed his cooking
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, subject control with infinitive]I needed to come
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, to be]I need him to be nice

      Verbs of Desire (with the same syntax): desire, like, need, prefer.

    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonyms of want: need / require
    • more generic word: be = have the quality of being
    • more specific word: cry = demand immediate action
  3. hunt or look for; want for a particular reason
    • examples: Your former neighbor is wanted by the FBI | Uncle Sam wants you
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: look for / search / seek = try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of
  4. wish or demand the presence of
    • examples: I want you here at noon! | They want him to write the letter
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme]They elected JohnVerbs with Predicative Complements: adopt, appoint, coronate, crown, designate, elect, install, mark, name, nominate, ordain, proclaim, reelect, upgrade
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] as [Predicate, not sentential clause]We elected him as governor
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] to be [Predicate, not sentential clause]We elected Alan to be our new governor
      [Agent - being or organization] [Verb] [Theme] [Predicate]We elected him governor
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme]I needed him hereVerbs of Desire: desire, like, need, prefer
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Adjective]She wanted the meat red
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme] for [Attribute]Dorothy needs her for her skills
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, accusative with -ing]I need him cooking
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, for-complement clause]I need for her to be happy
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, -ing]I need exercising
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, noun phrase with past participle]I need the children found
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, noun phrase with infinitive]I needed him to go
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, possessive with -ing]I needed his cooking
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, subject control with infinitive]I needed to come
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, to be]I need him to be nice
    • lexical domain: Cognition - verbs of thinking, judging, analyzing, doubting
    • more generic word: demand = request urgently and forcefully
  5. be without, lack; be deficient in
    • examples: want courtesy | want the strength to go on living | flood victims wanting food and shelter
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 2
    • lexical domain: Stative - verbs of being, having, spatial relations
    • more generic words: lack / miss = be without

Character

Want: Adult Want is a fictional character in the 2009 film A Christmas Carol.

Music

  1. "Want" is the first single taken from Australian singer-songwriter Natalie Imbruglia's fourth studio album, Come to Life. The single was released on 28 September 2009, two weeks prior to the release of the album in Europe and Australia. The single is available from iTunes Australia and iTunes UK. The track was written by Natalie Imbruglia, Daniel Johns under the pseudonym of Kat Kourtney, Gary Clark and Chris Martin and is one of three songs on the new album co-written by Martin.
  2. "Want" a.k.a. "Want!" is the 30th single by the Japanese idol group Berryz Kobo, released in Japan on December 19, 2012.
  3. "Want" is a repackaged double album by Canadian-American singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright, released in the United Kingdom on November 28, 2005. It contains all the tracks from both Want One and Want Two, along with two bonus tracks: a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Chelsea Hotel No. 2" along with "In with the Ladies".
    • genre: Pop music
    • released on (9 years ago)
  4. "Want" is a composition.
  5. "Want" a.k.a. "WANT!" is a musical single of Berryz Kobo.
    • also known as シングルV「WANT!」, イベントV「WANT!」
    • released on
  6. "Want" is a 2009 single by Adam Lambert.
    • released on (5 years ago)
  7. "Want" is a musical album of Wreck and Reference.
    • released on
  8. "WANT" is a musical album of Takako Ohta.
    • released on (28 years ago)

Writings

"Want" is a book written by Rick Barot.

  • genre: Poetry
  • released in (7 years ago)
  • award: - Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Poetry nomination for Rick Barot

Phrases with Want

Phrases starting with the word Want:

  1. want ad
  2. Want in
  3. Want Out
  4. Want list
  5. Want-Away

Phrases ending with the word Want:

  1. Do Not Want
  2. You Can't Always Get What You Want

Other phrases containing the word Want:

  1. I Want to Know
  2. Waste Not, Want Not
  3. What Do You Want, a Medal
  4. I Want to Go to the Toilet
  5. What Do You Want, a Cookie
  6. If You Want a Thing Done Well, Do It Yourself

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Want

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Google previewThe Gentlemlen's Lexicon; Or, A Pocket Dictionary, Containing Nearly Every Work in the English Language (1835)

Being Also Particularly Adapted to the Use of Academies and Schools by William Grimshaw

Impotence; want of power. pl. inabilities. INACCESSIBLE, adj. Not to be reached; not to be approached. s. inaccessibility: adv. inaccessibly. INAC'CURATE. adj. Not accurate: not exact. adv. inaccurately: s. inaccuracy, pl. inaccuracies.

Google previewDictionary of Proverbs (2005)

by G.kleiser

If you want a baby, have a new one. Don't baby the old one. — Jessamyn West If you want a definition of poverty, ask parents with three or four teenagers in the family.

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language (1775)

Answering at Once the Purposes of Rhyming, Spelling, and Pronouncing. On a Plan Not Hitherto Attempted ... To which is Prefixed a Copious Introduction to the Various Uses of the Work ... and for the Purposes of Poetry is Added an Index of Allowable Rhymes by John Walker

Coldness ; want of affection, s, Extreme cold, s. Solidity, s. Emptiness ; nullity, s. Swiftness; quick motion, s. Tastefulness, s. A being spiritless or maukish, s. Want of taste or spirit, f. A being sluggish, s. Fresh colour; elegance, s. Hideousness ...

Google previewA Botanical Dictionary (1805)

Or, Elements of Systematic and Philosophical Botany by Colin Milne

Flowers that are supported by an amentum, whether male or female, or both, generally want the petals, or coloured leaves. F/Æ Corolla. This observation is exemplified in the oak, beech, hazel, cypress, pistacia-nut, and several others. c The ...

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Usage statistics about want

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the verb want:

spoken English77.03%written English22.97% conversational speech65.94%task-oriented speech34.06% imaginative writing76.55%informational writing23.45%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun want:

privationwantdeprivationdeficiencywishneed

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb want:

desirerequireneedwant

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Sign language

WANT: American Sign Language for WANT

WANT: American Sign Language for WANT. To start babies may not make the same handshape, but will make a motion in the same body space.

Quotes about Want

I like joy; I want to be joyous; I want to have fun on the set; I want to wear beautiful clothes and look pretty. I want to smile and I want to make people laugh. And that's all I want. I like it. I like being happy. I want to make others happy. (Doris Day)
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Scrabble value of W4A1N1T1

The value of this 4-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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