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Definition of wanting adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    , NAmE//ˈwɔntɪŋ//
    [not before noun] (formal)
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  1. 1wanting (in/for something) not having enough of something synonym lacking The students were certainly not wanting in enthusiasm.
  2. 2wanting (in something) not good enough This explanation is wanting in many respects. The new system was tried and found wanting.
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