- (countable) A desire, wish, longing.
- Something needed or desired; a thing of which the loss is felt.
- (uncountable) Poverty.
- (countable, often followed by of) Lack, absence.
- (Britain, mining) A depression in coal strata, hollowed out before the subsequent deposition took place.
- (transitive) To lack, not to have (something). [from 13th c.]
- (intransitive, now dated) To be lacking, not to exist. [from 13th c.]
"There was something wanting in the play."
- (intransitive, dated) To be in a state of destitution; to be needy; to lack.
- (transitive) To wish for or to desire (something). [from 18th c.]
"What do you want to eat? I want you to leave. I"
- (transitive, colloquially with verbal noun as object) To be in need of; to require (something). [from 15th c.]
"That chair wants fixing."