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Synonyms for want
wɒnt, wɔnt

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. privation, want, deprivation, neediness(noun)

    a state of extreme poverty

    neediness, need, deprivation, loss, wishing, wish, privation, lack, deficiency

  2. lack, deficiency, want(noun)

    the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable

    "there is a serious lack of insight into the problem"; "water is the critical deficiency in desert regions"; "for want of a nail the shoe was lost"

    neediness, need, deprivation, wishing, wish, privation, lack, deficiency, inadequacy, insufficiency

  3. need, want(noun)

    anything that is necessary but lacking

    "he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs"; "I tried to supply his wants"

    indigence, need, pauperism, deprivation, demand, pauperization, wish, wishing, privation, deficiency, motive, motivation, lack, neediness, penury

  4. wish, wishing, want(verb)

    a specific feeling of desire

    "he got his wish"; "he was above all wishing and desire"

    indirect request, neediness, need, wish, deprivation, wishing, regard, privation, lack, deficiency, compliments

  5. desire, want(verb)

    feel or have a desire for; want strongly

    "I want to go home now"; "I want my own room"

    trust, require, need, hope, desire

  6. want, need, require(verb)

    have need of

    "This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner"

    take, need, require, expect, demand, involve, ask, desire, command, postulate, call for, necessitate

  7. want(verb)

    hunt or look for; want for a particular reason

    "Your former neighbor is wanted by the FBI"; "Uncle Sam wants you"

    require, need, desire

  8. want(verb)

    wish or demand the presence of

    "I want you here at noon!"

    require, need, desire

  9. want(verb)

    be without, lack; be deficient in

    "want courtesy"; "want the strength to go on living"; "flood victims wanting food and shelter"

    require, need, desire


  1. want(contraction)


  2. want(verb)

    To wish for or to desire (something).

    wasnt, would like, wish

  3. want(verb)

    To lack, not to have (something).

    be without

  4. want(verb)

    To be in need of; to require (something).

    That chair wants fixing.

    need, in need of

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. want

    Necessity is the quality of being necessary, or the quality of that which can not but be, become, or be true, or be accepted as true. Need and want always imply a lack; necessity may be used in this sense, but in the higher philosophical sense necessity simply denotes the exclusion of any alternative either in thought or fact; righteousness is a necessity (not a need) of the divine nature. Need suggests the possibility of supplying the deficiency which want expresses; to speak of a person's want of decision merely points out a weakness in his character; to say that he has need of decision implies that he can exercise or attain it. As applied to a deficiency, necessity is more imperative than need; a weary person is in need of rest; when rest becomes a necessity he has no choice but to stop work. An essential is something, as a quality, or element, that belongs to the essence of something else so as to be inseparable from it in its normal condition, or in any complete idea or statement of it. Compare NECESSARY; PREDESTINATION.

    compulsion, destiny, emergency, essential, exigency, extremity, fatality, fate, indispensability, indispensableness, necessity, need, requirement, requisite, sine qua non, unavoidableness, urgency

    choice, contingency, doubt, doubt, doubtfulness, dubiousness, fortuity, freedom, option, possibility, uncertainty

    The necessity of surrender; a necessity for action; this is a necessity to me.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. want

    deficiency, lack, failure, insufficiency, scantiness, shortness, omission, neglect, nonproduction, absence

    supply, sufficiency, provision, abundance, production, allowance, supplement, adequacy

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. want(n.)

    deficiency, insufficiency, inadequacy, scarcity, scarceness, scantiness, meagreness, shortness, dearth, DEFICIT, lack, absence, default, defect, defectiveness, failure

  2. want(n.)

    need, necessity, requirement, desideratum

  3. want(n.)

    desire, wish, craving, longing

  4. want(n.)

    poverty, indigence, penury, destitution, distress, straits

  5. want(v. a.)

    lack, be without, be destitute of, be in need of

  6. want(v. a.)

    require, need, have need of, have occasion for, stand in need of, cannot do without, cannot dispense with

  7. want(v. a.)

    desire, wish, crave, wish for

  8. want(v. n.)

    lack, fall, be deficient, fall short, come short

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. want(n)

    deficiency, lack, dearth, scarcity, need, default, absence, shortness, inadequacy, paucity, insufficiency, scarceness, desideratum, requirement, destitution, distress, straits, privation, indigence, penury, poverty

  2. want(v)

    need, require, desire, wish, crave

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    wanna, wish, wants, wantto, desire, envy, 'm, 'il, gonna

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How to use want in a sentence?

  1. Nancy Rothstein:

    Think of your shower as a segue to sleep, the better you sleep, the better your hair and skin will look. So even if you’re exhausted and just want to crash, get in the shower and let the water run on your face and body.

  2. Gideon Rachman:

    He would want to avoid any sense that he had been humiliated.

  3. Shoji Nakanishi:

    They say people want to die in a dignified way ... but because of the cost, they want people to have 'living wills' and reduce medical expenses, if such a law is passed, it could lead to euthanasia.

  4. Evelina Barry Mandich:

    I admire each one of our creators for taking the chance, investing in themselves and for essentially becoming their own boss, it shows audiences who maybe don’t know what they want to do with their lives that they can do something entrepreneurial, too.

  5. Megan Jantos:

    There’s people out there who like to receive appreciation in that form, unfortunately not everybody does, and so we just want to make sure everyone is respected.

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