• To wish for or desire (something); to feel a need or desire for; to crave or demand.
  • To wish, desire or demand to see, have the presence of or do business with.
  • To desire (to experience desire); to wish.
  • To lack and be in need of or require (something, such as a noun or verbal noun).
  • To have occasion for (something requisite or useful); to require or need.
  • To be lacking or deficient or absent.
  • To be in a state of destitution; to be needy; to lack.
  • To lack and be without, to not have (something).
  • To lack and (be able to) do without.



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  • From Middle English wanten ("to lack"), from Old Norse vanta ("to lack"), from Proto-Germanic *wanatōną ("to be wanting, lack"), from *wanô, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁weh₂- ("empty"). Cognate with Middle High German wan ("not full, empty"), Middle Dutch wan ("empty, poor"), Old English wana ("want, lack, absence, deficiency"), Latin vanus ("empty"). See wan, wan-.
  • From Middle English wont, from Old English wand, wond, from Proto-Germanic *wanduz.

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