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Definition of want verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    want

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//wɒnt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɑːnt//
     
    , NAmE//wɔːnt//
     
    [transitive] (not usually used in the progressive tenses)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they want
    BrE BrE//wɒnt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɑːnt//
     
    , NAmE//wɔːnt//
     
    he / she / it wants
    BrE BrE//wɒnts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɑːnts//
     
    , NAmE//wɔːnts//
     
    past simple wanted
    BrE BrE//ˈwɒntɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːntɪd//
     
    , NAmE//ˈwɔːntɪd//
     
    past participle wanted
    BrE BrE//ˈwɒntɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːntɪd//
     
    , NAmE//ˈwɔːntɪd//
     
    -ing form wanting
    BrE BrE//ˈwɒntɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɑːntɪŋ//
     
    , NAmE//ˈwɔːntɪŋ//
     
     
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    wish
  1. 1  to have a desire or a wish for something want something Do you want some more tea? She's always wanted a large family. All I want is the truth. Thanks for the present—it's just what I wanted. I can do whatever I want. The last thing I wanted was to upset you. The party wants her as leader. want (to do something) What do you want to do tomorrow? ‘It's time you did your homework.’ ‘I don't want to!’ There are two points which I wanted to make. I just wanted to know if everything was all right. (informal) You can come too, if you want. want somebody/something to do something Do you want me to help? We didn't want this to happen. I want it (to be) done as quickly as possible. Notice that you cannot say ‘want that…’:I want that you do it quickly. When the infinitive is used after want, it must have to:I want study in America. want somebody/something doing something I don't want you coming home so late. want somebody/something + adj. Do you want your coffee black or white? More Aboutoffers and invitations Would you like…? is the most usual polite question form for offers and invitations, especially in British English:Would you like a cup of coffee? Do you want…? is less formal and more direct. It is more common in North American English than in British English:We’re going to a club tonight. Do you want to come with us? Would you care…? is very formal and now sounds old-fashioned. More Like This Verbs usually followed by infinitives afford, agree, appear, arrange, attempt, beg, choose, consent, decide, expect, fail, happen, hesitate, hope, intend, learn, manage, mean, neglect, offer, prepare, pretend, promise, refuse, swear, try, want, wishSee worksheet.
  2. need
  3. 2  (informal) to need something want something We'll want more furniture for the new office. What this house wants is a good clean. It wants a special sort of person for that job. want doing something The plants want watering daily. want to be/have something The plants want to be watered daily.
  4. 3[usually passive] want somebody (+ adv./prep.) to need somebody to be present in the place or for the purpose mentioned She's wanted immediately in the director's office. Excuse me, you're wanted on the phone. see also wanted
  5. should/ought to
  6. 4want to do something (informal) used to give advice to somebody, meaning ‘should’ or ‘ought to’ If possible, you want to avoid alcohol. He wants to be more careful. You don't want to do it like that.
  7. feel sexual desire
  8. 5want somebody to feel sexual desire for somebody
  9. lack
  10. 6want something (formal) to lack something synonym short (5) He doesn't want courage.
  11. Word Origin Middle English: the noun from Old Norse vant, neuter of vanr ‘lacking’; the verb from Old Norse vanta ‘be lacking’. The original notion of “lack” was early extended to “need” and from this developed the sense ‘desire’.Extra examples All I want is the truth. I just want you to be happy. If you truly want to help, just do as I say. Thanks for the present—it’s just what I’ve always wanted. ‘I want you so much,’ she whispered in his ear. ‘It’s time you did your homework.’ ‘I don’t want to!’ Alice, please don’t leave me. I want you. I need you. I can’t live without you. Excuse me, you’re wanted on the phone. I don’t want you coming home so late. I want it done quickly. I want to study in America. I want you to do it quickly. She’s always wanted a large family. She’s wanted immediately in the director’s office. The last thing a wanted was to upset you. We didn’t want this to happen. We’ll want more furniture for the new office. You can come too, if you want.Idioms to have or want to have the advantages of two different situations or ways of behaving that are impossible to combine You can't have it both ways. If you can afford to go out all the time, you can afford to pay off some of your debts.
    have/want none of something
     
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    to refuse to accept something I offered to pay but he was having none of it.
    have/play/take/want no part in/of something
     
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    to not be involved or refuse to be involved in something, especially because you disapprove of it I want no part of this sordid business.
    have/want no truck with somebody/something
     
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    to refuse to deal with somebody; to refuse to accept or consider something We in this party will have no truck with illegal organizations.
    not want to know (about something)
     
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    (informal) to take no interest in something because you do not care about it or it is too much trouble I've tried to ask her advice, but she doesn't want to know (= about my problems). ‘How much was it?’ ‘You don't want to know(= it is better if you don't know).
    want rid of somebody/something
     
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    (British English, informal) to want to be free of somebody/something that has been annoying you or that you do not want Are you trying to say you want rid of me?
    (saying) if you never waste anything, especially food or money, you will always have it when you need it used to ask somebody in a rude or angry way why they are there or what they want you to do
    Phrasal Verbswant for somethingwant something from somebodywant inwant inwant out
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: want