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English definition of “want”

want

noun [U] (LACK)    /wɒnt/ US  /wɑːnt/
a lack of something: For want of anything better to do I watched television for a while. If we fail it won't be for want of trying (= we have tried even if we fail).Lacking thingsScarce, inadequate and not enoughEssential or necessary
(Definition of want noun (LACK) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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