See also: Want, Wänt, wa'n't, and wan't

EnglishEdit

 
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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English wanten (to lack), from Old Norse vanta (to lack), from Proto-Germanic *wanatōną (to be wanting, lack), from *wanô (lack, deficiency), from Proto-Indo-European *h₁weh₂- (empty). Cognate with Middle High German wan (not full, empty), Middle Dutch wan (empty, poor), Old English wana (want, lack, absence, deficiency), Latin vanus (empty). See wan, wan-.

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want (third-person singular simple present wants, present participle wanting, simple past and past participle wanted)

  1. (transitive) To wish for or desire (something); to feel a need or desire for; to crave or demand. [from 18th c.]
    What do you want to eat?  I want you to leave.  I never wanted to go back to live with my mother.
    • 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter XIII, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 4293071:
      And Vickers launched forth into a tirade very different from his platform utterances. He spoke with extreme contempt of the dense stupidity exhibited on all occasions by the working classes. He said that if you wanted to do anything for them, you must rule them, not pamper them. Soft heartedness caused more harm than good.
    • 2013 July-August, Henry Petroski, “Geothermal Energy”, in American Scientist, volume 101, number 4:
      Energy has seldom been found where we need it when we want it. Ancient nomads, wishing to ward off the evening chill and enjoy a meal around a campfire, had to collect wood and then spend time and effort coaxing the heat of friction out from between sticks to kindle a flame. With more settled people, animals were harnessed to capstans or caged in treadmills to turn grist into meal.
    • 2016, VOA Learning English (public domain)
      I want to find a supermarket. — Oh, okay. The supermarket is at 1500 Irving Street. It is near the apartment. — Great!
      (file)
    1. (by extension) To make it easy or tempting to do something undesirable, or to make it hard or challenging to refrain from doing it.
      The game developers of Candy Crush want you to waste large, copious amounts of your money on in-game purchases to buy boosters and lives.
      Depression wants you to feel like the world is dark and that you are not worthy of happiness. The first step to making your life better from this day forward is to stop believing these lies.
  2. (transitive, in particular) To wish, desire, or demand to see, have the presence of or do business with.
    Ma’am, you are exactly the professional we want for this job.
    Danish police want him for embezzlement.
    • 2010, Fred Vargas, The Chalk Circle Man, Vintage Canada (→ISBN), page 75:
      But now it's different, if the police want him for murder.
  3. (intransitive) To desire (to experience desire); to wish.
    You can leave if you want.
    • 2019 May 5, "The Last of the Starks", Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 (written by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss):
      TYRION: You don't want it?
      BRAN: I don't really want anymore.
  4. (colloquial, usually second person, often future tense) To be advised to do something (compare should, ought).
    You’ll want to repeat this three or four times to get the best result.
  5. (transitive, now colloquial) To lack and be in need of or require (something, such as a noun or verbal noun). [from 15th c.]
    • 1741, The Gentleman's and London Magazine: Or Monthly Chronologer, 1741-1794, page 559:
      The lady, it is said, will inherit a fortune of three hundred pounds a year, with two cool thousands left by an uncle, on her arriving at the age of twenty-one, of which she wants but a few months.
    • 1839, Chambers's Journal, page 123:
      Oh Jeanie, it will be hard, after every thing is ready for our happiness, if we should be sundered. It wants but a few days o' Martinmas, and then I maun enter on my new service on Loch Rannoch, where a bonny shieling is ready ...
    • 1847, The American Protestant, page 27:
      In this we have just read an address to children in England, Ireland, and Scotland, in behalf of children who want food to keep them from starvation.
    • 1865 November (indicated as 1866), Lewis Carroll [pseudonym; Charles Lutwidge Dodgson], chapter VII, in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, London: Macmillan and Co., OCLC 946274348:
      “Your hair wants cutting,” said the Hatter. He had been looking at Alice for some time with great curiosity, and this was his first speech.
    • 1922 October 26, Virginia Woolf, chapter II, in Jacob’s Room, Richmond, London: [] Leonard & Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, OCLC 19736994; republished London: The Hogarth Press, 1960, OCLC 258624721, page 22:
      The mowing-machine always wanted oiling. Barnet turned it under Jacob's window, and it creaked—creaked, and rattled across the lawn and creaked again.
    That chair wants fixing.
  6. (transitive, now rare) To have occasion for (something requisite or useful); to require or need.
  7. (intransitive, dated) To be lacking or deficient or absent. [from 13th c.]
    There was something wanting in the play.
    • 1625, [Samuel] Purchas, Purchas His Pilgrimes. [], (please specify |part=1 to 5), London: [] William Stansby for Henrie Fetherstone, [], OCLC 960103045, page 404:
      They of the Citie fought valiantly with Engines, Darts, Arrowes: and when Stones wanted, they threw Siluer, especially molten siluer.
    • a. 1701, John Dryden, “Preface”, in The Miscellaneous Works of John Dryden, [], volume (please specify |volume=I to IV), London: [] J[acob] and R[ichard] Tonson, [], published 1760, OCLC 863244003:
      The disposition, the manners, and the thoughts are all before it; where any of those are wanting or imperfect, so much wants or is imperfect in the imitation of human life.
    • 1709, [Alexander Pope], An Essay on Criticism, London: [] W. Lewis [], published 1711, OCLC 15810849:
      For as in bodies, thus in souls, we find / What wants in blood and spirits, swelled with wind.
  8. (intransitive, dated) To be in a state of destitution; to be needy; to lack.
    The paupers desperately want.
  9. (transitive, archaic) To lack and be without, to not have (something). [from 13th c.]
    • 1624, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy: [], 2nd edition, Oxford, Oxfordshire: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 54573970, partition 2, section 3, member 7:
      he that hath skill to be a pilot wants a ship; and he that could govern a commonwealth [] wants means to exercise his worth, hath not a poor office to manage.
    • 1711 July 15 (Gregorian calendar), Joseph Addison; Richard Steele, “WEDNESDAY, July 4, 1711”, in The Spectator, number 108; republished in Alexander Chalmers, editor, The Spectator; a New Edition, [], volume II, New York, N.Y.: D[aniel] Appleton & Company, 1853, OCLC 191120697:
      I observed [] that your whip wanted a lash to it.
    • 1726 October 28, [Jonathan Swift], Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. [] [Gulliver’s Travels], London: [] Benj[amin] Motte, [], OCLC 995220039, (please specify |part=I, II, III or IV), page 141:
      The least miserable among them appear to be those who turn to Dotage, and entirely lose their Memories; these meet with more Pity and Assistance, because they want many bad Qualities which abound in others.
    • 1765, James Merrick, Psalams
      Not what we wish, but what we want, / Oh, let thy grace supply!
    • 1981, A. D. Hope, "His Coy Mistress to Mr. Marvell," A Book of Answers:
      Pray Mr Marvell, can it be / You think to have persuaded me? / Then let me say: you want the art / To woo, much less to win my heart.
    She wanted anything she needed.
  10. (transitive, obsolete, by extension) To lack and (be able to) do without.
    • 1625, [Samuel] Purchas, Purchas His Pilgrimes. [], (please specify |part=1 to 5), London: [] William Stansby for Henrie Fetherstone, [], OCLC 960103045, page 50:
      [] which the Kings of Assyria had left for the maintenance of this Temple sacrifices, after the ouerthrow thereof, was shared among the Chaldzans; which they by this attempt were like to lose, and therefore were willing to want his presence.
    • 1797, The European Magazine, and London Review, page 226:
      For Law, Physick and Divinitie, need so the help of tongs and sciences, as thei can not want them, and yet thei require so a hole mans studie, as thei may parte with no tyme to other lerning, ...
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  • Chinese Pidgin English: wantchee, 灣治
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want (countable and uncountable, plural wants)

  1. (countable) A desire, wish, longing.
  2. (countable, often followed by of) Lack, absence, deficiency.
    A want of sense.
  3. (uncountable) Poverty.
  4. Something needed or desired; a thing of which the loss is felt.
    • 1785, William Paley, Principles of Moral and Political Philosophy
      Habitual superfluities become actual wants.
  5. (UK, mining) A depression in coal strata, hollowed out before the subsequent deposition took place.
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English wont (mole)[2], from Old English wand, wond, from Proto-Germanic *wanduz.

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want (plural wants)

  1. (dialectal) A mole (Talpa europea).
    • 1592, John Lyly, Midas; republished in Charles Wentworth Dilke, editor, Old English Plays: Being a Selection from the Early Dramatic Writers[1], volume 1, London: Whittingham and Rowland, 1814:
      Lic. She hath the ears of a want. / Pec. Doth she want ears?

ReferencesEdit

  • want at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • want in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911

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AfrikaansEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Dutch want, from Middle Dutch want, from Old Dutch wanda, from Proto-Germanic *hwandē.

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want

  1. for, because

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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle Dutch want, from Old Dutch wanda, from Proto-Germanic *hwandê. Cognate with Old High German wanta, Middle High German wante.

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want

  1. for, because, as
    Hij komt niet, want hij is ziek. — He is not coming, because he is sick. (Note: The order is SVO after want.)
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle Dutch want, from Old Dutch *want, from Frankish *wantu, from Proto-Germanic *wantuz.

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want f (plural wanten, diminutive wantje n)

  1. A mitten, type of glove in which four fingers get only one section, besides the thumb.
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Etymology 3Edit

From Middle Dutch want, gewant, from Old Dutch *giwant, from Proto-Germanic *gawandą, from the root of winden.

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want n (plural wanten, diminutive wantje n)

  1. A course type of woolen fabric; anything made from it.
  2. The rigging, ropes supporting masts and sails aboard a ship. shroud, sideways support for a mast.
    Synonyms: touwwerk, wantwerk
  3. Various types of nets and snares for fishing, hunting or farming.
  4. Horse tackle.
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- concerning rigging

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See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.

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want

  1. second- and third-person singular present indicative of wannen
  2. (archaic) plural imperative of wannen

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Etymology 1Edit

from Old Dutch wanda, from Proto-Germanic *hwandē.

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want

  1. because, for
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Etymology 2Edit

From Old Dutch *want, from Frankish *wantu.

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want m

  1. A glove, mitten.
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Old High GermanEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Proto-Germanic *wanduz (stick, rod; barrier made of sticks, fence), whence also Old Norse vǫndr, Gothic 𐍅𐌰𐌽𐌳𐌿𐍃 (wandus).

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want f

  1. a wall
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want

  1. first/third-person singular past indicative of wintan

Tocharian AEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Tocharian *w'entë, from Post-PIE *h₂weh₁ntos, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂wéh₁nts, from *h₂weh₁- (to blow) (compare English wind, Latin ventus). Compare Tocharian B yente.

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want

  1. wind

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From Old Frisian hwant, hwante, hwande, hwanda, from Proto-Germanic *hwandê.

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want

  1. because

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want

  1. simple past tense of goe
    • 1867, “CASTEALE CUDDE'S LAMENTATION”, in SONGS, ETC. IN THE DIALECT OF FORTH AND BARGY, number 1:
      Dhicka die fan ich want to a mile.
      That day when I went to the mill.

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  • Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 102