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to desire greatly; need; lack: I really want a new car.
Not to be confused with:
wont – accustomed to; apt or likely: He is wont to make mistakes when he hurries.
won't – will not: I won’t be able to go with you.
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 (wŏnt, wônt)
v. want·ed, want·ing, wants
a. To have a strong feeling to have (something); wish (to possess or do something); desire greatly: She wants a glass of water. They want to leave. See Synonyms at desire.
b. To desire (someone to do something): I want you to clean your room.
a. To request the presence or assistance of: You are wanted by your office.
b. To seek with intent to capture: The fugitive is wanted by the police.
3. To have an inclination toward; like: Say what you want, but be tactful.
4. Informal To be obliged (to do something): You want to be careful on the ice.
5. To be in need of; require: "'Your hair wants cutting,' said the Hatter" (Lewis Carroll).
6. To be without; lack.
To be inclined or desirous; wish: Call me daily if you want.
1. The condition or quality of lacking something usual or necessary: stayed home for want of anything better to do.
2. Pressing need; destitution: lives in want.
3. Something desired: a person of few wants and needs.
4. A defect of character; a fault.
Phrasal Verbs:
want for
To be in need of: You shall want for nothing.
want in Slang
1. To desire greatly to enter: The dog wants in.
2. To wish to join a project, business, or other undertaking.
want out Slang
1. To desire greatly to leave: The cat wants out.
2. To wish to leave a project, a business, or other undertaking.

[Middle English wanten, to be lacking, from Old Norse vanta; see euə- in Indo-European roots.]

want′er n.
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1. (tr) to feel a need or longing for: I want a new hat.
2. (when tr, 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. (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. (tr) to feel the absence of: lying on the ground makes me want my bed.
5. (tr) to fall short by (a specified amount)
6. (tr) chiefly Brit to have need of or require (doing or being something): your shoes want cleaning.
7. (intr) to be destitute
8. (tr; often passive) to seek or request the presence of: you're wanted upstairs.
9. (intr) to be absent
10. (tr; takes an infinitive) informal should or ought (to do something): you don't want to go out so late.
11. want in informal to wish to be included in a venture
12. want out informal to wish to be excluded from a venture
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
[C12 (vb, in the sense: it is lacking), C13 (n): from Old Norse vanta to be deficient; related to Old English wanian to wane]
ˈwanter n


(Animals) dialect English a mole
[Old English wand]
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(wɒnt, wɔnt)

1. to feel a need or a desire for; wish for: to want a new dress.
2. to wish or need (often fol. by an infinitive): I want to see you.
3. to be deficient in: to want judgment.
4. to require or need: The house wants painting.
5. to have an arrest warrant for: They want him in Arizona for armed robbery.
6. to feel inclined; wish (often fol. by to): We can stay home if you want.
7. to be deficient; have a need (sometimes fol. by for): He did not want for abilities.
8. to be in a state of neediness or poverty: She would never allow her parents to want.
9. to be lacking or absent: All that wants is your signature.
10. something wanted or needed: My wants are few.
11. something desired or demanded: a person of childish wants.
12. absence or deficiency; lack: for want of rain.
13. a state of need: to be in want of an assistant.
14. a state of destitution; poverty: a country where want is virtually unknown.
want in (or out),Informal. to desire admission or inclusion (or withdrawal).
[1150–1200; Middle English wante < Old Norse vanta to lack]
syn: See lack.
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1. basic use

If you want something, you feel a need for it or a desire to have it.

Do you want a cup of coffee?
All they want is some sleep.

In informal conversation, people sometimes use present progressive and past progressive forms of want.

I think someone is wanting to speak to you.
They were all wanting to be on the team.

Be Careful!
Don't use present progressive or past progressive forms of want in formal speech or writing.

However, want can be used in the present perfect progressive, the past perfect progressive and the future progressive, in both formal and informal English.

John had been wanting to resign for months.
These new phones are getting very popular – soon everyone will be wanting one.
2. used with a to-infinitive

You can say that someone wants to do something.

They wanted to go shopping.
I want to ask you a favour, Sara.

Be Careful!
Don't say that someone 'wants to not do something' or 'wants not to do something'. Say that they don't want to do it.

I don't want to discuss this.
He didn't want to come.

Instead of using a to-infinitive clause, you can sometimes use to on its own after don't want. For example, instead of saying 'I was asked to go, but I didn't want to go', you would normally say 'I was asked to go, but I didn't want to'. Don't say 'I was asked to go, but I didn't want it' or 'I was asked to go, but I didn't want'.

I could do it faster, but I just don't want to.
He should not be forced to eat it if he doesn't want to.

You can say that you want someone else to do something.

I want him to learn to read.
The little girl wanted me to come and play with her.

Be Careful!
Don't use a that-clause after want. Don't say, for example, 'I want that he should learn to read'.

3. requests

You don't normally use 'want' when you are making a request. It is not polite, for example, to say in a shop 'I want a box of matches, please'. You should say 'Could I have a box of matches, please?' or just 'A box of matches, please.'

4. another meaning of 'want'

In British English, in conversation and in less formal writing, want has another meaning. If something wants doing, there is a need for it to be done.

We've got a few jobs that want doing in the garden.
The windows wanted cleaning.

Be Careful!
Don't use a to-infinitive in sentences like these. Don't say, for example, 'We've got a few jobs that want to be done in the garden'.

5. 'be about to'

Don't use 'want to' to say that someone is going to do something very soon. Use the expression be about to. Don't say, for example, 'I was just wanting to leave when the phone rang'. Say 'I was just about to leave when the phone rang'.

Her father is about to retire soon.
I can't talk now, because I'm just about to go to work.
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Past participle: wanted
Gerund: wanting

I want
you want
he/she/it wants
we want
you want
they want
I wanted
you wanted
he/she/it wanted
we wanted
you wanted
they wanted
Present Continuous
I am wanting
you are wanting
he/she/it is wanting
we are wanting
you are wanting
they are wanting
Present Perfect
I have wanted
you have wanted
he/she/it has wanted
we have wanted
you have wanted
they have wanted
Past Continuous
I was wanting
you were wanting
he/she/it was wanting
we were wanting
you were wanting
they were wanting
Past Perfect
I had wanted
you had wanted
he/she/it had wanted
we had wanted
you had wanted
they had wanted
I will want
you will want
he/she/it will want
we will want
you will want
they will want
Future Perfect
I will have wanted
you will have wanted
he/she/it will have wanted
we will have wanted
you will have wanted
they will have wanted
Future Continuous
I will be wanting
you will be wanting
he/she/it will be wanting
we will be wanting
you will be wanting
they will be wanting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been wanting
you have been wanting
he/she/it has been wanting
we have been wanting
you have been wanting
they have been wanting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been wanting
you will have been wanting
he/she/it will have been wanting
we will have been wanting
you will have been wanting
they will have been wanting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been wanting
you had been wanting
he/she/it had been wanting
we had been wanting
you had been wanting
they had been wanting
I would want
you would want
he/she/it would want
we would want
you would want
they would want
Past Conditional
I would have wanted
you would have wanted
he/she/it would have wanted
we would have wanted
you would have wanted
they would have wanted
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.want - a state of extreme povertywant - a state of extreme poverty    
impoverishment, poorness, poverty - the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions
2.want - the state of needing something that is absent or unavailablewant - 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"
absence - the state of being absent; "he was surprised by the absence of any explanation"
need, demand - a condition requiring relief; "she satisfied his need for affection"; "God has no need of men to accomplish His work"; "there is a demand for jobs"
dearth, famine, shortage - an acute insufficiency
deficit - a deficiency or failure in neurological or mental functioning; "the people concerned have a deficit in verbal memory"; "they have serious linguistic deficits"
mineral deficiency - lack of a mineral micronutrient that is essential for normal nutrition or metabolism
shortness - the condition of being short of something; "there was no shortness of money"; "can cause shortness of breath"
stringency, tightness - a state occasioned by scarcity of money and a shortage of credit
3.want - anything that is necessary but lacking; "he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs"; "I tried to supply his wants"
essential, necessary, requisite, necessity, requirement - anything indispensable; "food and shelter are necessities of life"; "the essentials of the good life"; "allow farmers to buy their requirements under favorable conditions"; "a place where the requisites of water fuel and fodder can be obtained"
4.want - a specific feeling of desirewant - a specific feeling of desire; "he got his wish"; "he was above all wishing and desire"
desire - the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
velleity - a mere wish, unaccompanied by effort to obtain
Verb1.want - feel or have a desire for; want strongly; "I want to go home now"; "I want my own room"
crave, lust, hunger, thirst, starve - have a craving, appetite, or great desire for
take to, fancy, go for - have a fancy or particular liking or desire for; "She fancied a necklace that she had seen in the jeweler's window"
miss - feel or suffer from the lack of; "He misses his mother"
hope - be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes; "I am still hoping that all will turn out well"
wish - hope for; have a wish; "I wish I could go home now"
wish well, wish - feel or express a desire or hope concerning the future or fortune of
like, wish, care - prefer or wish to do something; "Do you care to try this dish?"; "Would you like to come along to the movies?"
itch, spoil - have a strong desire or urge to do something; "She is itching to start the project"; "He is spoiling for a fight"
like - want to have; "I'd like a beer now!"
ambition - have as one's ambition
feel like - have an inclination for something or some activity; "I feel like staying in bed all day"; "I feel like a cold beer now"
begrudge, envy - be envious of; set one's heart on
lech after, lust after - have a strong sexual desire for; "he is lusting after his secretary"
hanker, long, yearn - desire strongly or persistently
seek - try to get or reach; "seek a position"; "seek an education"; "seek happiness"
2.want - have need of; "This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner"
cry - demand immediate action; "This situation is crying for attention"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
3.want - hunt or look for; want for a particular reason; "Your former neighbor is wanted by the FBI"; "Uncle Sam wants you"
want - wish or demand the presence of; "I want you here at noon!"
look for, search, seek - try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of; "The police are searching for clues"; "They are searching for the missing man in the entire county"
4.want - wish or demand the presence of; "I want you here at noon!"
demand - request urgently and forcefully; "The victim's family is demanding compensation"; "The boss demanded that he be fired immediately"; "She demanded to see the manager"
want - hunt or look for; want for a particular reason; "Your former neighbor is wanted by the FBI"; "Uncle Sam wants you"
5.want - be without, lack; be deficient in; "want courtesy"; "want the strength to go on living"; "flood victims wanting food and shelter"
lack, miss - be without; "This soup lacks salt"; "There is something missing in my jewelry box!"
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1. wish for, desire, fancy, long for, crave, covet, hope for, yearn for, thirst for, hunger for, pine for, hanker after, set your heart on, feel a need for, have a yen for (informal), have a fancy for, eat your heart out over, would give your eyeteeth for My husband really wants a new car.
wish for have, own, possess, be sated
2. feel like, desire, fancy, feel the need for, feel up to, feel inclined to, have the inclination for Do you want another cup of coffee?
3. need, demand, require, call for, have need of, stand in need of The grass wants cutting.
4. should, need, must, ought You want to look where you're going, mate.
5. desire, fancy, long for, crave, wish for, yearn for, thirst for, hanker after, burn for Come on, darling. I want you.
6. love, prize, treasure, adore, cherish, dote on, hold dear Children should be wanted and planned.
7. lack, need, require, be short of, miss, be deficient in, be without, fall short in Our team still wants one more player.
2. poverty, need, hardship, privation, penury, destitution, neediness, hand-to-mouth existence, indigence, pauperism, pennilessness, distress He said they were fighting for freedom from want.
poverty ease, comfort, wealth, luxury
3. wish, will, need, demand, desire, requirement, fancy, yen (informal), longing, hunger, necessity, appetite, craving, yearning, thirst, whim, hankering The company needs to respond to the wants of our customers.
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1. To have a strong longing for:
Informal: hone.
2. To be without what is needed, required, or essential:
3. To have the desire or inclination to:
Idioms: have a mind, see fit.
1. The condition of lacking a needed or usual amount:
3. Something asked for or needed:
demand, exigence, exigency (often used in plural), need.
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حاجَه، عَوَز، فُقْدانفَقْرنَقْص، نُقْصانيَحْتاجُ إلىيُريد
ønskevillefattigdomgerne villegerne ville have
fátæktòarfnast, òurfaósk, òörfskorturvanta, skorta
ieškomasskelbimas „Reikalinga“
gribētizjust trūkumunabadzībatrūkttrūkums


1. (= desire, wish for)
I don't want anything more to do with himno quiero tener nada más que ver con él
I want my mummy!¡quiero que venga mi mamá!
he wants a lot of attentionquiere que le presten mucha atención
I don't want you interfering!¡no quiero que te entrometas!
I've always wanted a car like thissiempre he querido un coche como éste
we only want the best/what's best for yousólo queremos lo mejor para ti
what do you want for your birthday?¿qué quieres por tu cumpleaños?
what I want from a computer islo que quiero de un ordenador es ...
I want an explanation from youquiero que me des una explicación
she was everything he wanted in a womanera todo lo que él quería en una mujer
food was the last thing I wantedcomida era lo último que quería
I know when I'm not wantedmuy bien cuando sobro or estoy de más
where do you want the table?¿dónde quieres que pongamos la mesa?
what does he want with/of me?¿qué quiere de mí?
you've got him where you want himlo tienes donde tú quieres
1.2. (with complement)
I want my son alivequiero a mi hijo vivo
you want her back, don't you?quieres que vuelva, ¿no?
I want him dead!¡lo quiero muerto!
I want her sacked!¡quiero que se la despida!, ¡quiero que la despidan!
1.3. (with infinitive) to want to do sthquerer hacer algo
I was wanting to leave anywayde todas formas yo ya quería marcharme
if you really want to knowsi de verdad lo quieres saber
I don't want tono quiero
to want sb to do sthquerer que algn haga algo
the last thing we want is for them to feel obliged to helplo último que queremos es que se sientan obligados a ayudar
without wanting to sound big-headed, I think I'll succeedno quiero parecer engreído pero pienso que voy a tener éxito
I wouldn't want to hurt their feelings/cause them any problemsno quisiera herir sus sentimientos/causarles ningún problema
1.4. (sexually) to want sbdesear a algn
2. (= ask for) [+ money] → querer, pedir
she wants £500 for the carquiere or pide 500 libras por el coche
how much do you want for it?¿cuánto quiere or pide?
you don't want much! (iro) → ¡anda que no pides nada! (iro)
3. (= seek) [police] → buscar
"wanted (dead or alive)"se busca (vivo o muerto)
"wanted: general maid"se necesita asistenta
he is wanted for robberyse le busca por robo
you're wanted in the kitchente buscan en la cocina
the boss wants you in his officeel jefe quiere verte en su oficina
you're wanted on the phonete llaman al teléfono
4. (= need, require) [person] → necesitar
children want lots of sleeplos niños necesitan or requieren muchas horas de sueño
this car wants cleaninga este coche le hace falta una limpieza, a este coche hay que limpiarlo
he wants locking up!está loco de atar
that's the last thing I want!¡sólo me faltaba eso!
you want to be more careful when you're drivingtienes que tener más cuidado al conducir
you want to see his new boat!¡tienes que ver su nuevo barco!
what you want is a good hidinglo que necesitas or te hace falta es una buena paliza
what do you want with a house that size?¿para qué quieres una casa tan grande?
5. (= lack)
the contract wants only her signatureal contrato sólo le falta su firma
it only wanted the parents to come insólo faltaba que llegaran los padres
1. (= wish, desire) → querer
you're welcome to stay if you wantte puedes quedar si quieres
I want for you to be happy (US) → quiero que seas feliz
2. (= lack)
they will not want for money or foodno les faltará ni dinero ni comida
they want for nothingno les falta de nada
see also waste C1
C. N
1. (= lack) → falta f
it showed a want of good mannersdemostró una falta de educación
for want of sth (at beginning of clause) → a falta de algo; (at end of clause) → por falta de algo
for want of anything better to do, I decided to go homea falta de algo mejor que hacer, decidí irme a casa
I decided to go home for want of anything better to dodecidí irme a casa por falta de algo mejor que hacer
for want of a better worda/por falta de una palabra más apropiada
he never did become a minister, but it was not for want of tryingnunca llegó a ministro, pero no fue por falta de intentarlo
2. (= need) → necesidad f
she had servants to attend to her every wanttenía sirvientes que atendían todas y cada una de sus necesidades
my wants are fewnecesito poco
to be in want of sthnecesitar algo
3. (= poverty) → necesidad f, penuria f
to be in wantestar necesitado
to live in wantpasar necesidades, vivir en la penuria
D. CPD want ad N (US) → anuncio m clasificado
want in VI + ADV
1. (to house, building, room) → querer entrar (to en)
2. (on scheme, project) → querer meterse
we're playing cards tonight, do you want in?esta noche jugamos a las cartas, ¿te quieres apuntar?
it's a huge market and every company wants ines un mercado enorme y todas las empresas quieren meterse
to want in on sthquerer participar en algo
want out VI + ADV
1. (of house, room) → querer salir
2. he wants out (of scheme, project, job) → quiere dejarlo
to want out of [+ scheme, project, job] → querer dejar; [+ relationship] → querer dejar, querer terminar con
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(= desire, wish for) → vouloir
Do you want some cake? → Tu veux du gâteau?
to want to do sth → vouloir faire qch
I want to go to the cinema → Je veux aller au cinéma.
What do you want to do tomorrow? → Qu'est-ce que tu veux faire demain?
to want sb to do sth → vouloir que qn fasse qch
I didn't want him to go → Je ne voulais pas qu'il y aille.
to want sth done → vouloir que qch soit fait
She wanted her house painted → Elle voulait que sa maison soit peinte.
(= need) → avoir besoin de
The car wants a good clean → La voiture a besoin d'un bon nettoyage.
The grass wants cutting → La pelouse a besoin d'être tondue.
you're wanted on the phone → on vous demande au téléphone
if you want → si vous voulez, si tu veux
"Can we go now?" - - "If you want." → "On peut y aller maintenant?" - - "Si tu veux."
what do you want? → Qu'est-ce que vous voulez?
(= should) sb wants to do sth → qn devrait faire qch
You want to be more careful → Vous devriez faire plus attention.
(= poverty) → besoin m
(= lack) → manque m
want of sth → manque de qch
for want of → faute de wants
(= requirements) → besoins mpl
want out
vivouloir laisser tomber
to want out of sth → vouloir sortir de qch
I just want out of the relationship → Je veux juste sortir de cette relation.
want in
vivouloir en être
to want in on sth → vouloir être de qchwant ad n (US)petite annonce f
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(= lack)Mangel m (→ of an +dat); want of judgementmangelndes Urteilsvermögen, Mangel man Urteilsvermögen; for want ofaus Mangel an (+dat); for want of anything bettermangels Besserem, in Ermangelung von etwas Besserem or eines Besseren; for want of something to do I joined a sports clubweil ich nichts zu tun hatte, bin ich einem Sportverein beigetreten; though it wasn’t for want of tryingnicht, dass er sich/ich mich etc nicht bemüht hätte; to feel the want of somethingetw vermissen
(= poverty)Not f; to be in wantNot leiden
(= need)Bedürfnis nt; (= wish)Wunsch m; my wants are fewmeine Ansprüche or Bedürfnisse sind gering, meine Ansprüche sind bescheiden; the farm supplied all their wantsder Bauernhof versorgte sie mit allem Nötigen or Notwendigen; to be in want of somethingeiner Sache (gen)bedürfen (geh), → etw brauchen or benötigen; to be in want of helpHilfe brauchen; to be in want of repairreparaturbedürftig sein; to attend to somebody’s wantssich um jdn kümmern
(= wish, desire)wollen; (more polite) → mögen; to want to do somethingetw tun wollen; I want you to come hereich will or möchte, dass du herkommst; I want it done nowich will or möchte das sofort erledigt haben; I was wanting to leave the job next monthich hätte gerne nächsten Monat mit der Arbeit aufgehört; what does he want with me?was will er von mir?; darling, I want youLiebling, ich will dich; I want my mummyich will meine Mami, ich will zu meiner Mami; you don’t want much (iro)sonst willst du nichts? (iro); I don’t want strangers coming inich wünsche or möchte nicht, dass Fremde (hier) hereinkommen
(= need, require)brauchen; you want to see a doctor/lawyerSie sollten zum Arzt/Rechtsanwalt gehen; you want to be careful! (inf)du musst aufpassen; you want to stop doing that (inf)du musst damit aufhören; he wants to be more careful (inf)er sollte etwas vorsichtiger sein; that’s the last thing I want (inf)alles, bloß das nicht (inf); that’s all we wanted! (iro inf)das hat uns gerade noch gefehlt!; it only wanted the police to turn up …das hätte gerade noch gefehlt, dass auch noch die Polizei anrückt; does my hair want cutting?muss mein Haar geschnitten werden?; “wanted”„gesucht“; he’s a wanted maner wird (polizeilich) gesucht; to feel wanteddas Gefühl haben, gebraucht zu werden; you’re wanted on the phoneSie werden am Telefon verlangt or gewünscht
(= lack) he wants talent/confidence etces mangelt (geh)or fehlt ihm an Talent/Selbstvertrauen etc; all the soup wants is a little saltdas Einzige, was an der Suppe fehlt, ist etwas Salz
(= wish, desire)wollen; (more polite) → mögen; you can go if you want (to)wenn du willst or möchtest, kannst du gehen; I don’t want toich will or möchte nicht; without wanting to sound rude, …ich will ja nicht unhöflich sein, aber …; do as you wanttu, was du willst; he said he’d do it, but does he really want to?er sagte, er würde es machen, aber will er es wirklich?
he does not want for friendses fehlt or mangelt (geh)ihm nicht an Freunden; they want for nothinges fehlt or mangelt (geh)ihnen an nichts; he doesn’t want for a pound or twoer ist nicht gerade arm (inf), → ihm fehlt es nicht an Kleingeld (inf)
(liter, = live in poverty) → darben (liter)
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1. n
a. (lack) want (of)mancanza (di)
for want of → per mancanza di
for want of anything better to do → non avendo nulla di meglio da fare
it wasn't for want of trying → non si può dire che non ci abbia (or abbiamo ) provato
b. (poverty) → miseria, povertà
to be in want → essere in miseria
c. (need) → bisogno
to be in want of sth → avere bisogno di qc
it fills a long-felt want → soddisfa un bisogno che si sentiva da tempo
d. (requirements) wants nplesigenze fpl
my wants are few → ho poche esigenze
2. vt
a. (gen) → volere; (wish, desire) → volere, desiderare
to want to do sth → voler fare qc
to want sb to do sth → volere che qn faccia qc
I want you to tell me → voglio che tu mi dica
I want it done now → voglio che sia fatto subito
what do you want with me? → cosa vuoi da me?
you've got him where you want him (fig) → ce l'hai in pugno
you don't want much! (iro) → ti accontenti di poco!
she wants £5,000 for the car → vuole or chiede 5.000 sterline per la macchina
I don't want you interfering! → non voglio che tu ti intrometta!
I know when I'm not wanted → so quando non si mi vuole
you're wanted on the phone → ti vogliono al telefono
I don't want to → non ne ho voglia
"cook wanted" → "cercasi cuoco"
he is wanted for murder → è ricercato per omicidio
to want sb (sexually) → desiderare qn
b. (need, require, subj, person) → avere bisogno di; (task) → richiedere; (ought) → dovere
you want to see a doctor → dovresti andare dal dottore
that's the last thing I want! (fam) → è l'ultima cosa che vorrei!
it's just what we wanted! (fam) → è proprio quello che ci voleva!
you want a screwdriver to do that → ti ci vuole un cacciavite per farlo
it only wanted the parents to come in ... → bastava solo che i genitori entrassero...
you want your head seeing to → tu hai bisogno di uno psicanalista
3. vi (lack) to want (for)mancare (di)
she doesn't want for friends → gli amici non le mancano
they want for nothing → a loro non manca nulla
want out vi + adv (fam) → volerne uscire
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(wont) verb
1. to be interested in having or doing, or to wish to have or do (something); to desire. Do you want a cigarette?; She wants to know where he is; She wants to go home.
2. to need. This wall wants a coat of paint.
3. to lack. This house wants none of the usual modern features but I do not like it; The people will want (= be poor) no longer.
1. something desired. The child has a long list of wants.
2. poverty. They have lived in want for many years.
3. a lack. There's no want of opportunities these days.
ˈwanted adjective
1. being searched for by the police because of having committed a criminal act. He is a wanted man; He is wanted for murder.
2. (negative unwanted) (of people) needed; cared for. Old people must be made to feel wanted.
want ad noun
(American) a classified ad.
want for
to lack. She wants for nothing.
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.


يُريدُ chtít ønske wollen θέλω querer haluta vouloir željeti volere 欲しい 원하다 willen ønske (seg) chcieć querer хотеть vilja ต้องการ istemek muốn
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n. necesidad, falta, carencia;
v. querer, desear; necesitar; carecer de.
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Of course the coloured people were glad to give anything that they could spare, but I want to add that Miss Davidson did not apply to a single white family, so far as I now remember, that failed to donate something; and in many ways the white families showed their interested in the school.
why he's got a double lot of candles--does the man want
In the note she tried to be quite definite about what she wanted. "I want someone to love me and I want to love someone," she wrote.
A voice came from within and asked her, 'Where do you come from, and where do you want to go?' She answered, 'I have lost my way to my father's kingdom, and I shall never get home again.' Then the voice from the iron stove said, 'I will help you to find your home again, and that in a very short time, if you will promise to do what I ask you.
We have now considered that art of money-getting which is not necessary, and have seen in what manner we became in want of it; and also that which is necessary, which is different from it; for that economy which is natural, and whose object is to provide food, is not like this unlimited in its extent, but has its bounds.
"But he did, Nancy," she nodded, "only I reckon even he didn't want to--ALL the time.
Emma was gratified, and would soon have shewn no want of words, if the sound of Mrs.
Not at all; he will find people there who, seeing the want, undertake the office of salesmen.
I know what people are, and I don't want to have anybody talking."
One day when Ginger and I were standing alone in the shade, we had a great deal of talk; she wanted to know all about my bringing up and breaking in, and I told her.
He wants to show me that his love for me is not to interfere with his freedom.
So after that we had all the talk we wanted; and we wanted a good deal, for they were agreeable people.