want

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want is one of the 1000 most common headwords.
want

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Plain form
want

Third-person singular
wants

Past tense
wanted

Past participle
wanted

Present participle
wanting

(usually not in the progressive)

  1. (transitive) If you want to do something, you think you would be happier if you did it.
    Do you want to go to the park?
    I don't want to go to work today.
    He wants to know her name.
    Please, stop the bus. I want to get out here.
    I wanted to buy a new book, so I went to the shop.
  2. (transitive) If you want something, you think you would be happier if you had it.
    Do you want a drink?
    No thank you! I don't want one.
    He wants a new car.
    I can give you whatever you want.
    All I want is one more chance to do this.
  3. (transitive) If you want somebody to do something, you think you would be happier if they did it.
    I want you to help me.
  4. (transitive) If you want something to happen, you think you would be happier if it happened.
    I want everyday to be my birthday.
  5. (transitive) If you want to do something, your body has a strong feeling that it will do it.
    Every time I see it, I want to be sick.
    Flowers make me want to sneeze.
  6. (transitive) If you tell somebody "you might want to" do something, you mean they should do it.
    You might want to study more for your tests.
  7. (transitive); (formal) If someone or something wants for something, they don't have it or don't have enough of it.
  8. (transitive) If you want someone, you want to have sex with them.
  9. (intransitive) If you want up, down, in, out, etc., you want to go there or your want somebody to help you go there.
    Can you open the door? I think the dog wants out.

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Noun[change]

Singular
want

Plural
wants

  1. (countable) A want is something that you want.
    The wants and needs of the people are not being met.
  2. (countable & uncountable); (formal) something that you do not have or do not have enough of
    The car wouldn't run for want of gas.

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