Synonyms of want


1. privation, want, deprivation, neediness, poverty, poorness, impoverishment

usage: a state of extreme poverty

2. lack, deficiency, want, need, demand

usage: 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"

3. need, want, necessity, essential, requirement, requisite, necessary

usage: anything that is necessary but lacking; "he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs"; "I tried to supply his wants"

4. wish, wishing, want, desire

usage: a specific feeling of desire; "he got his wish"; "he was above all wishing and desire"


1. desire, want

usage: feel or have a desire for; want strongly; "I want to go home now"; "I want my own room"

2. want, need, require, be

usage: have need of; "This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner"

3. want, search, seek, look for

usage: hunt or look for; want for a particular reason; "Your former neighbor is wanted by the FBI"; "Uncle Sam wants you"

4. want, demand

usage: wish or demand the presence of; "I want you here at noon!"

5. want, miss, lack

usage: be without, lack; be deficient in; "want courtesy"; "want the strength to go on living"; "flood victims wanting food and shelter"

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Definition and meaning of want (Dictionary)