Meaning of “want” - Learner’s Dictionary


verb [ T ] us uk /wɒnt/
Extra Examples
Do you want to speak to Dr Randall himself or his secretary?The whole team played well - I don't want to single out any one player.Do you want to stay in teaching?I had to go to three different shops to find the book she wanted.She wants a career in TV production.

A1 to hope to have or do something, or to wish for something:

He wants a new car.
[ + to do sth ] I don't want to talk about it.
You can't always do what you want.
We can go later if you want.
I want him to explain why.

to need something:

This soup wants more salt.
want to do sth UK informal

used to give advice to someone:

You want to go to bed earlier and then you won't be so tired.
be wanted

to be needed for a particular activity or in a particular place:

You're wanted on the phone.

(Definition of “want verb” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)