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 for Want
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Want \Want\, v. i. [Icel. vanta to be wanting. See Want to
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     1. To be absent; to be deficient or lacking; to fail; not to
        be sufficient; to fall or come short; to lack; -- often
        used impersonally with of; as, it wants ten minutes of
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              The disposition, the manners, and the thoughts are
              all before it; where any of those are wanting or
              imperfect, so much wants or is imperfect in the
              imitation of human life.              --Dryden.
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     2. To be in a state of destitution; to be needy; to lack.
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              You have a gift, sir (thank your education),
              Will never let you want.              --B. Jonson.
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              For as in bodies, thus in souls, we find
              What wants in blood and spirits, swelled with wind.
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     Note: Want was formerly used impersonally with an indirect
           object. "Him wanted audience." --Chaucer.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Want \Want\ (277), n. [Originally an adj., from Icel. vant,
     neuter of vanr lacking, deficient. [root]139. See Wane, v.
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     1. The state of not having; the condition of being without
        anything; absence or scarcity of what is needed or
        desired; deficiency; lack; as, a want of power or
        knowledge for any purpose; want of food and clothing.
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              And me, his parent, would full soon devour
              For want of other prey.               --Milton.
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              From having wishes in consequence of our wants, we
              often feel wants in consequence of our wishes.
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              Pride is as loud a beggar as want, and more saucy.
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     2. Specifically, absence or lack of necessaries; destitution;
        poverty; penury; indigence; need.
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              Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches,
              as to conceive how others can be in want. --Swift.
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     3. That which is needed or desired; a thing of which the loss
        is felt; what is not possessed, and is necessary for use
        or pleasure.
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              Habitual superfluities become actual wants. --Paley.
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     4. (Mining) A depression in coal strata, hollowed out before
        the subsequent deposition took place. [Eng.]
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     Syn: Indigence; deficiency; defect; destitution; lack;
          failure; dearth; scarceness.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Want \Want\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Wanted; p. pr. & vb. n.
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     1. To be without; to be destitute of, or deficient in; not to
        have; to lack; as, to want knowledge; to want judgment; to
        want learning; to want food and clothing.
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              They that want honesty, want anything. --Beau. & Fl.
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              Nor think, though men were none,
              That heaven would want spectators, God want praise.
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              The unhappy never want enemies.       --Richardson.
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     2. To have occasion for, as useful, proper, or requisite; to
        require; to need; as, in winter we want a fire; in summer
        we want cooling breezes.
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     3. To feel need of; to wish or long for; to desire; to crave.
        " What wants my son?" --Addison.
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              I want to speak to you about something. --A.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Wa'n't \Wa'n't\
     A colloquial contraction of was not.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a state of extreme poverty [syn: privation, want,
           deprivation, neediness]
      2: the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable;
         "there is a serious lack of insight into the problem"; "water
         is the critical deficiency in desert regions"; "for want of a
         nail the shoe was lost" [syn: lack, deficiency, want]
      3: anything that is necessary but lacking; "he had sufficient
         means to meet his simple needs"; "I tried to supply his
         wants" [syn: need, want]
      4: a specific feeling of desire; "he got his wish"; "he was
         above all wishing and desire" [syn: wish, wishing,
      v 1: feel or have a desire for; want strongly; "I want to go
           home now"; "I want my own room" [syn: desire, want]
      2: have need of; "This piano wants the attention of a competent
         tuner" [syn: want, need, require]
      3: hunt or look for; want for a particular reason; "Your former
         neighbor is wanted by the FBI"; "Uncle Sam wants you"
      4: wish or demand the presence of; "I want you here at noon!"
      5: be without, lack; be deficient in; "want courtesy"; "want the
         strength to go on living"; "flood victims wanting food and

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  224 Moby Thesaurus words for "want":
     absence, ache to, adulteration, aim at, ardor, arrearage, ask,
     awayness, bare cupboard, bare necessities, bare subsistence,
     be desirous of, be dying to, be found wanting, be hurting for,
     be in want, be indicated, be inferior, be insufficient, be pinched,
     be poor, become, befit, beggarliness, beggary, behoove, blank,
     break, burn to, call for, choose, choose to, claim, clamor for,
     collapse, come short, concupiscence, covet, crave, cry for,
     cry out for, curiosity, dearly love to, dearth, decline,
     defalcation, default, defect, defectibility, defectiveness,
     deficiency, deficit, demand, demand for, deprivation, desiderate,
     desideration, desideratum, desire, destitution, discontinuity,
     drive, drought, eagerness, empty purse, erroneousness, essential,
     essentials, exact, exigency, exiguousness, fail, fail of,
     fall away, fall short, fall shy, fallibility, famine, fancy,
     fantasy, faultiness, favor, follow, gap, go on welfare,
     grinding poverty, gripe, hand-to-mouth existence, have designs on,
     have nothing on, have occasion for, hiatus, homelessness, hope,
     horme, immaturity, impairment, impecuniousness, imperfection,
     impoverishment, impurity, inaccuracy, inadequacy, inadequateness,
     incompleteness, indigence, indispensable, inexactitude,
     inexactness, insufficiency, intellectual curiosity, interval,
     itch to, kick the beam, lack, lacuna, lag, libido, like, like to,
     long to, lose ground, love, love to, lust, lust after,
     lust for learning, meagerness, mediocrity, mendicancy, mind, miss,
     missing link, moneylessness, must, must item, necessaries,
     necessities, necessitousness, necessity, need, need for, need to,
     neediness, neverness, nonexistence, nonoccurrence, nonpresence,
     not answer, not approach, not come near, not compare, not hack it,
     not make it, not make out, not measure up, not qualify,
     not stretch, not suffice, nowhereness, occasion, omission, ought,
     outage, passion, patchiness, pauperism, pauperization, penury,
     pinch, play second fiddle, pleasure, pleasure principle, poorness,
     prefer, prerequire, prerequirement, prerequisite, privation,
     rank under, require, requirement, requisite, requisition,
     run short, run short of, scantiness, serve, sexual desire,
     shortage, shortcoming, shortfall, should, sketchiness, skimpiness,
     slump, starvation, starve, stop short, subserve, subtraction,
     take doing, take to, the necessary, the needful,
     thirst for knowledge, ullage, undevelopment, unevenness,
     unperfectedness, unsoundness, urge, want doing, want to, wantage,
     wanting, will, will and pleasure, wish, wish fulfillment, wish to,
     wish to goodness, wish very much, would fain do

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