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want

verb [T]
 
 
/wɒnt/
HOPE 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.Feelings of desire
NEED to need something: This soup wants more salt.Wanting thingsHoping and hopefulness
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.Giving advice
be wanted to be needed for a particular activity or in a particular place: You're wanted on the phone.Essential or necessary
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