Webster 1913 Edition
[Originally an adj., from Icel.
vant, neuter of
vanrlacking, deficient. √139. See
The state of not having; the condition of being without anything; absence or scarcity of what is needed or desired; deficiency; lack;
wantof power or knowledge for any purpose;
wantof food and clothing.
And me, his parent, would full soon devour
wantof other prey.
From having wishes in consequence of our
wants, we often feel
wantsin consequence of our wishes.
Pride is as loud a beggar as
want, and more saucy.
Specifically, absence or lack of necessaries; destitution; poverty; penury; indigence; need.
Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches, as to conceive how others can be in
That which is needed or desired; a thing of which the loss is felt; what is not possessed, and is necessary for use or pleasure.
Habitual superfluities become actual
A depression in coal strata, hollowed out before the subsequent deposition took place.
Syn. – Indigence; deficiency; defect; destitution; lack; failure; dearth; scarceness.
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To be without; to be destitute of, or deficient in; not to have; to lack;
wantfood and clothing.
Beau. & Fl.
Nor think, though men were none,
That heaven would
That heaven would
The unhappy never
To have occasion for, as useful, proper, or requisite; to require; to need;
as, in winter we.
wanta fire; in summer we
To feel need of; to wish or long for; to desire; to crave.“ What wants my son?”
wantto speak to you about something.
vantato be wanting. See
To be absent; to be deficient or lacking; to fail; not to be sufficient; to fall or come short; to lack; – often used impersonally with of;
wantsten minutes of four
The disposition, the manners, and the thoughts are all before it; where any of those are
wantingor imperfect, so much
wantsor is imperfect in the imitation of human life.
To be in a state of destitution; to be needy; to lack.
You have a gift, sir (thank your education),
Will never let you
Will never let you
For as in bodies, thus in souls, we find
wantsin blood and spirits, swelled with wind.
☞ Want was formerly used impersonally with an indirect object. “Him wanted audience.”
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Deficiency; defect; the absence of that which is necessary or useful; as a want of power or knowledge fro any purpose; want of food and clothing. The want of money is a common want. 2 Corinthians 8, 9.
From having wishes in consequence of our wants, we often feel wants in consequence of our wishes.
2.Need; necessity; the effect of deficiency.
Pride is as loud a beggar as want, and more saucy.
3.Poverty; penury; indigence.
Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches as to conceive how others can be in want.
4.The state of not having. I cannot write a letter at present for want of time.
5.That which is not possessed, but is desired or necessary for use or pleasure.
Habitual superfluities become actual wants.
1.To be destitute; to be deficient in; not to have; a word of general application; as, to want knowledge; to want judgment; to want learning; to want food and clothing; to want money.
2.To be defective or deficient in. Timber may want strength or solidity to answer its purpose.
3.To fall short; not to contain or have. The sum want a dollar of the amount of debt.
Nor think, though men were none, that heaven would want spectators, God want praise.
4.To be without.
The unhappy never want enemies.
5.To need; to have occasion for, as useful, proper or requisite. Our manners want correction. In winter we want a fire; in summer we want cooling breezes. We all want more public spirit and more virtue.
6.To wish for; to desire. Every man wants a little pre-eminence over his neighbor. Many want that which they cannot obtain, and which if they could obtain, would certainly ruin them.
What wants my son?
1.To be deficient; not to be sufficient.
As in bodies, thus in souls, we find what wants in blood and spirits, swelld with wind.
2.To fail; to be deficient; to be lacking.
No time shall find me wanting to my truth.
3.To be missed; not to be present. The jury was full, wanting one.
4.To fall short; to be lacking.
Twelve, wanting one, he slew.