Translation of "want" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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wantverb [ T ]

uk /wɒnt/ us /wɑːnt/

want verb [ T ] (WISH)

A1 to wish for a particular thing or plan of action. "Want" is not used in polite requests

想要,希望(英国英语中礼貌的请求不用 want)
I want some chocolate. 我想要些巧克力。
She wants a meeting with you. 她想跟你说句话。
He's everything you'd ever want in a man - bright, funny and attractive. 他具备你理想中男人的所有特质——聪明、风趣而又有魅力。
[ + to infinitive ] What do you want to eat? 你想吃什么?
[ + obj + to infinitive ] Do you want me to take you to the airport? 你要我送你去车站吗?
[ + obj + past participle ] This package - do you want it sent today? 这封信你想按第一类邮件寄送吗?
[ + obj + adj ] Do you want this pie hot? 这块馅饼你想要热一下吗?
[ + obj + -ing verb ] I don't want you coming in at two a.m., waking me up. 我可不希望整个晚上都有大量的车辆从我家房子旁经过,吵得我睡不着觉。
You wait - by next year she'll be wanting a bigger house! 你等着瞧——明年她就会想要一所更大的房子了!

to wish or need someone to be present

Am I wanted at the meeting tomorrow? 明天的会议要我参加吗?
He is wanted by the police (= they are searching for him). 警方正在通缉他。
want in/out of informal

to want to start or stop being involved in something

I want out of the whole venture before it's too late. 我想在还来得及的时候退出整个经营项目。

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want verb [ T ] (NEED)

UK to need something

Do you think this soup wants a bit of salt? 你觉得这汤里要不要加点盐?
[ + -ing verb ] The wine is in the fridge - it just wants cooling for a couple of minutes. 葡萄酒在冰箱里——只需要冰镇几分钟。
If you ask me that child wants a good slap! 依我说,那孩子就欠狠狠搧一巴掌!
want to UK

used in giving advice to mean that someone should do something

She wants to tell him now, before it's too late. 趁还来得及,你应该现在就告诉他。
You don't want to put too much pepper in.


uk /wɒnt/ us /wɑːnt/

want noun (LACK)

[ U ] a lack of something

For want of anything better to do I watched television for a while. 由于没有什么更好的事情可做,我就看了一会儿电视。
If we fail it won't be for want of trying (= we have tried even if we fail). 即使我们失败了,我们也曾努过力。

want noun (NEED)

in want of


He appeared tired and in want of a shave. 他显得很疲惫,胡子也需要刮了。
wants [ plural ] formal


Our wants are few. 我们所需要的很少。

(Translation of “want” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)