Pronunciation: (wont, wônt),[key] —v.t. 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 fol. 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.
—v.i. 1. to feel inclined; wish; like (often fol. by to): We can stay home if you want. 2. to be deficient by the absence of some part or thing, or to feel or have a need (sometimes fol. by for): He did not want for abilities. 3. to have need (usually fol. by for): If you want for anything, let him know. 4. to be in a state of destitution, need, or poverty: She would never allowher parents to want. 5. to be lacking or absent, as a part or thing necessary to completeness: All that wants is his signature. 6. want in or out,Chiefly Midland. a. to desire to enter or leave: The cat wants in. b. Informal.to desire acceptance in or release from something specified: I talked with Louie about our plan, and he wants in.
—n. 1. something wanted or needed; necessity: My wants are few. 2. something desired, demanded, or required: a person of childish, capricious wants. 3. absence or deficiency of something desirable or requisite; lack: plants dying for want of rain. 4. the state of being without something desired or needed; need: to be in want of an assistant. 5. the state of being without the necessaries of life; destitution; poverty: a country where want is virtually unknown. 6. a sense of lack or need of something: to feel a vague want.