Student Thesaurus

2 entries found for want.
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Entry Word: want
Function: noun
Text: 1 the fact or state of being absent <for want of a nail, the horse's shoe was lost during the race> -- see LACK 1
2 a falling short of an essential or desirable amount or number <there's a notable want of teachers in that rural school district> -- see DEFICIENCY
3 a state of being without something necessary, desirable, or useful <those children are in want of some good discipline> -- see NEED 1
4 the state of lacking sufficient money or material possessions <grew up in extreme want> -- see POVERTY 1