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want

[wont, wawnt] /wɒnt, wɔnt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to feel a need or a desire for; wish for:
to want one's dinner; always wanting something new.
2.
to wish, need, crave, demand, or desire (often followed by an infinitive):
I want to see you. She wants to be notified.
3.
to be without or be deficient in:
to want judgment; to want knowledge.
4.
to fall short by (a specified amount):
The sum collected wants but a few dollars of the desired amount.
5.
to require or need:
The house wants painting.
verb (used without object)
6.
to feel inclined; wish; like (often followed by to):
We can stay home if you want.
7.
to be deficient by the absence of some part or thing, or to feel or have a need (sometimes followed by for):
He did not want for abilities.
8.
to have need (usually followed by for):
If you want for anything, let him know.
9.
to be in a state of destitution, need, or poverty:
She would never allow her parents to want.
10.
to be lacking or absent, as a part or thing necessary to completeness:
All that wants is his signature.
noun
11.
something wanted or needed; necessity:
My wants are few.
12.
something desired, demanded, or required:
a person of childish, capricious wants.
13.
absence or deficiency of something desirable or requisite; lack:
plants dying for want of rain.
14.
the state of being without something desired or needed; need:
to be in want of an assistant.
15.
the state of being without the necessaries of life; destitution; poverty:
a country where want is virtually unknown.
16.
a sense of lack or need of something:
to feel a vague want.
Idioms
17.
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
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English wante < Old Norse vanta to lack
Related forms
wanter, noun
wantless, adjective
wantlessness, noun
self-want, noun
unwanted, adjective
Can be confused
unwanted, unwonted.
want, wont.
Synonyms
1. require, crave. See wish. 3. need. See lack. 11. desideratum. 13. dearth, scarcity, scarceness, inadequacy, insufficiency, paucity, meagerness. 15. privation, penury, indigence. See poverty.
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Examples for unwanted
  • First, the first cell had to form, with a cell wall already smart enough to let wanted items in and to excrete unwanted things.
  • She was attracting whistles and comments and other unwanted attention from boys at the mall.
  • Screen your calls and you won't get unwanted telemarketing calls.
  • More than a hundred billion unwanted messages clog computer networks every day.
  • Often, people will report rebounds of unwanted thoughts over periods of days and even weeks.
  • The combined molecule does the same, he adds, without triggering unwanted inflammation.
  • Maybe you even take antioxidant vitamins to help get rid of these unwanted toxins.
  • These structures function as the lymph nodes of the eye, trapping unwanted dirt and detritus.
  • Eliminate unwanted pregnancies and you eliminate population growth.
  • The waitress is treated as an unwanted interruption and burden.
British Dictionary definitions for unwanted

unwanted

/ʌnˈwɒntɪd/
adjective
1.
not wanted or desired an unwanted pregnancy

want1

/wɒnt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to feel a need or longing for I want a new hat
2.
(when transitive, may take a clause as object or an infinitive) to wish, need, or desire (something or to do something) he wants to go home
3.
(intransitive) usually used with a negative and often foll by for. to be lacking or deficient (in something necessary or desirable) the child wants for nothing
4.
(transitive) to feel the absence of lying on the ground makes me want my bed
5.
(transitive) to fall short by (a specified amount)
6.
(transitive) (mainly Brit) to have need of or require (doing or being something) your shoes want cleaning
7.
(intransitive) to be destitute
8.
(transitive; often passive) to seek or request the presence of you're wanted upstairs
9.
(intransitive) to be absent
10.
(transitive; takes an infinitive) (informal) should or ought (to do something) you don't want to go out so late
11.
(informal) want in, to wish to be included in a venture
12.
(informal) want out, to wish to be excluded from a venture
noun
13.
the act or an instance of wanting
14.
anything that is needed, desired, or lacked to supply someone's wants
15.
a lack, shortage, or absence for want of common sense
16.
the state of being in need; destitution the state should help those in want
17.
a sense of lack; craving
Derived Forms
wanter, noun
Word Origin
C12 (vb, in the sense: it is lacking), C13 (n): from Old Norse vanta to be deficient; related to Old English wanian to wane

want2

/wɒnt/
noun
1.
(English, dialect) a mole
Word Origin
Old English wand
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Word Origin and History for unwanted
want
c.1200, "to be lacking," from O.N. vanta "to lack, want," earlier *wanaton, from P.Gmc. *wanen, from PIE *we-no-, from base *eue- "to leave, abandon, give out" (see vain). The meaning "desire, wish for" is first recorded 1706. Wanted "sought by the police" was originally slang, in use by 1812.
unwanted
1697, from un- (1) "not" + pp. of want (v.).
want
c.1300, "deficiency, shortage," from O.N. vant, neut. of vanr "wanting, deficient;" related to O.E. wanian "to diminish" (see wane). Phrase for want of is recorded from c.1400. Meaning "state of destitution" is recorded from mid-14c. Newspaper want ad is recorded from 1897.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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