Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb want

5 senses of want

Sense 1
desire, want -- (feel or have a desire for; want strongly; "I want to go home now"; "I want my own room")

Sense 2
want, need, require -- (have need of; "This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner")
       => be -- (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer")

Sense 3
want -- (hunt or look for; want for a particular reason; "Your former neighbor is wanted by the FBI"; "Uncle Sam wants you")
       => search, seek, look for -- (try to locate or discover, or try to establish the existence of; "The police are searching for clues"; "They are searching for the missing man in the entire county")

Sense 4
want -- (wish or demand the presence of; "I want you here at noon!")
       => demand -- (request urgently and forcefully; "The victim's family is demanding compensation"; "The boss demanded that he be fired immediately"; "She demanded to see the manager")

Sense 5
want -- (be without, lack; be deficient in; "want courtesy"; "want the strength to go on living"; "flood victims wanting food and shelter")
       => miss, lack -- (be without; "This soup lacks salt"; "There is something missing in my jewelry box!")

Antonyms of adj wanting

2 senses of wanting

Sense 1
lacking, absent, missing, wanting -- (nonexistent; "the thumb is absent"; "her appetite was lacking")

INDIRECT (VIA nonexistent) -> existent, existing -- (having existence or being or actuality; "an attempt to refine the existent machinery to make it more efficient"; "much of the beluga caviar existing in the world is found in the Soviet Union and Iran")

Sense 2
deficient, lacking (predicate), wanting (predicate) -- (inadequate in amount or degree; "a deficient education"; "deficient in common sense"; "lacking in stamina"; "tested and found wanting")

INDIRECT (VIA inadequate) -> adequate, equal -- (having the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task; "she had adequate training"; "her training was adequate"; "she was adequate to the job"; "he was equal to the task")

Similarity of adj wanting

2 senses of wanting

Sense 1
lacking, absent, missing, wanting -- (nonexistent; "the thumb is absent"; "her appetite was lacking")
       => nonexistent (vs. existent) -- (not having existence or being or actuality; "chimeras are nonexistent")

Sense 2
deficient, lacking (predicate), wanting (predicate) -- (inadequate in amount or degree; "a deficient education"; "deficient in common sense"; "lacking in stamina"; "tested and found wanting")
       => inadequate (vs. adequate), unequal -- (lacking the requisite qualities or resources to meet a task; "inadequate training"; "the staff was inadequate"; "she was unequal to the task")

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