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Want vs. Need

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Wantverb

(transitive) To wish for or desire (something); to feel a need or desire for; to crave or demand.

‘What do you want to eat?’; ‘I want you to leave.’; ‘never wanted to go back to live with my mother.’; ‘want to be an astronaut when I'm older.’; ‘don't want him to marry Gloria, I’; ‘want him to marry me!’; ‘What do you want from me?’; ‘you want anything from the shops?’;

Neednoun

A requirement for something; something needed.

‘There's no need to speculate; we can easily find out for sure.’; ‘She grew irritated with his constant need for attention.’; ‘Our needs are not being met.’; ‘I've always tried to have few needs beyond food, clothing and shelter.’;

Wantverb

To wish, desire, or demand to see, have the presence of or do business with.

‘Ma’am, you are exactly the professional we want for this job.’; ‘Danish police want him for embezzlement.’;

Neednoun

Lack of means of subsistence; poverty; indigence; destitution.

Wantverb

(transitive) To lack and be in need of or require (something, such as a noun or verbal noun).

‘That chair wants fixing.’;

Needverb

(transitive) To have an absolute requirement for.

‘Living things need water to survive.’;

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Wantverb

(transitive) To lack and be without, to not have (something).

Needverb

(transitive) To want strongly; to feel that one must have something.

‘After ten days of hiking, I needed a shower and a shave.’;

Wantverb

To lack and (be able to) do without.

Needverb

(modal verb) To be obliged or required (to do something).

‘You need not go if you don't want to.’;

Wantverb

(transitive) To have occasion for (something requisite or useful); to require or need.

Needverb

(intransitive) To be required; to be necessary.

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Wantverb

(intransitive) To desire (to experience desire); to wish.

‘the cat wants back out again; you can leave if you want’;

Needverb

To be necessary (to someone).

Wantverb

To be lacking or deficient or absent.

‘There was something wanting in the play.’;

Neednoun

A state that requires supply or relief; pressing occasion for something; necessity; urgent want.

‘And the city had no need of the sun.’; ‘I have no need to beg.’; ‘Be governed by your needs, not by your fancy.’;

Wantverb

To be in a state of destitution; to be needy; to lack.

Neednoun

Want of the means of subsistence; poverty; indigence; destitution.

‘Famine is in thy cheeks;Need and oppression starveth in thine eyes.’;

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Wantverb

To be advised to do something should, ought}}.

‘You’ll want to repeat this three or four times to get the best result.’;

Neednoun

That which is needful; anything necessary to be done; (pl.) necessary things; business.

Wantnoun

(countable) A desire, wish, longing.

Neednoun

Situation of need; peril; danger.

Wantnoun

}} Lack, absence.

Needverb

To be in want of; to have cause or occasion for; to lack; to require, as supply or relief.

‘Other creatures all day longRove idle, unemployed, and less need rest.’;

Wantnoun

(uncountable) Poverty.

Needverb

To be wanted; to be necessary.

‘When we have done it, we have done all that is in our power, and all that needs.’;

Wantnoun

Something needed or desired; a thing of which the loss is felt.

Needadverb

Of necessity. See Needs.

Wantnoun

A depression in coal strata, hollowed out before the subsequent deposition took place.

Neednoun

a condition requiring relief;

‘she satisfied his need for affection’; ‘God has no need of men to accomplish His work’; ‘there is a demand for jobs’;

Wantnoun

The state of not having; the condition of being without anything; absence or scarcity of what is needed or desired; deficiency; lack; as, a want of power or knowledge for any purpose; want of food and clothing.

‘And me, his parent, would full soon devourFor want of other prey.’; ‘From having wishes in consequence of our wants, we often feel wants in consequence of our wishes.’; ‘Pride is as loud a beggar as want, and more saucy.’;

Neednoun

anything that is necessary but lacking;

‘he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs’; ‘I tried to supply his wants’;

Wantnoun

Specifically, absence or lack of necessaries; destitution; poverty; penury; indigence; need.

‘Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches, as to conceive how others can be in want.’;

Neednoun

the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior;

‘we did not understand his motivation’; ‘he acted with the best of motives’;

Wantnoun

That which is needed or desired; a thing of which the loss is felt; what is not possessed, and is necessary for use or pleasure.

‘Habitual superfluities become actual wants.’;

Neednoun

a state of extreme poverty or destitution;

‘their indigence appalled him’; ‘a general state of need exists among the homeless’;

Wantnoun

A depression in coal strata, hollowed out before the subsequent deposition took place.

Needverb

require as useful, just, or proper;

‘It takes nerve to do what she did’; ‘success usually requires hard work’; ‘This job asks a lot of patience and skill’; ‘This position demands a lot of personal sacrifice’; ‘This dinner calls for a spectacular dessert’; ‘This intervention does not postulates a patient's consent’;

Wantverb

To be without; to be destitute of, or deficient in; not to have; to lack; as, to want knowledge; to want judgment; to want learning; to want food and clothing.

‘They that want honesty, want anything.’; ‘Nor think, though men were none,That heaven would want spectators, God want praise.’; ‘The unhappy never want enemies.’;

Needverb

have need of;

‘This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner’;

Wantverb

To have occasion for, as useful, proper, or requisite; to require; to need; as, in winter we want a fire; in summer we want cooling breezes.

Needverb

have or feel a need for;

‘always needing friends and money’;

Wantverb

To feel need of; to wish or long for; to desire; to crave.

‘I want to speak to you about something.’;

Need

A need is something that is necessary for an organism to live a healthy life. Needs are distinguished from wants.

Wantverb

To be absent; to be deficient or lacking; to fail; not to be sufficient; to fall or come short; to lack; - often used impersonally with of; as, it wants ten minutes of four.

‘The disposition, the manners, and the thoughts are all before it; where any of those are wanting or imperfect, so much wants or is imperfect in the imitation of human life.’;

Wantverb

To be in a state of destitution; to be needy; to lack.

‘You have a gift, sir (thank your education),Will never let you want.’; ‘For as in bodies, thus in souls, we findWhat wants in blood and spirits, swelled with wind.’;

Wantnoun

a state of extreme poverty

Wantnoun

the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable;

‘there is a serious lack of insight into the problem’; ‘water is the critical deficiency in desert regions’; ‘for want of a nail the shoe was lost’;

Wantnoun

anything that is necessary but lacking;

‘he had sufficient means to meet his simple needs’; ‘I tried to supply his wants’;

Wantnoun

a specific feeling of desire;

‘he got his wish’; ‘he was above all wishing and desire’;

Wantverb

feel or have a desire for; want strongly;

‘I want to go home now’; ‘I want my own room’;

Wantverb

have need of;

‘This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner’;

Wantverb

wish or demand the presence of;

‘I want you here at noon!’;

Wantverb

hunt or look for; want for a particular reason;

‘Your former neighbor is wanted by the FBI’; ‘Uncle Sam wants you’;

Wantverb

be without, lack; be deficient in;

‘want courtesy’; ‘want the strength to go on living’; ‘flood victims wanting food and shelter’;

Wantverb

have a desire to possess or do (something); wish for

‘we want to go to the beach’; ‘she wanted me to leave’; ‘I'll give you a lift into town if you want’; ‘I want an apple’;

Wantverb

wish to speak to (someone)

‘Tony wants me in the studio’;

Wantverb

(of a suspected criminal) be sought by the police for questioning

‘he is wanted by the police in connection with an arms theft’;

Wantverb

desire (someone) sexually

‘I've wanted you since the first moment I saw you’;

Wantverb

desire to be in or out of a particular place or situation

‘if anyone wants out, there's the door’;

Wantverb

should or need to do something

‘you don't want to believe everything you hear’;

Wantverb

(of a thing) require to be attended to in a specified way

‘the wheel wants greasing’;

Wantverb

lack something desirable or essential

‘you shall want for nothing while you are with me’;

Wantverb

(chiefly used in expressions of time) lack or be short of (a specified amount or thing)

‘it wanted twenty minutes to midnight’;

Wantnoun

a lack or deficiency of something

‘for want of a better location we ate our picnic in the cemetery’; ‘Victorian houses which are in want of repair’;

Wantnoun

the state of being poor and in need of essentials; poverty

‘freedom from want’;

Wantnoun

a desire for something

‘the expression of our wants and desires’;

Want

The idea of want can be examined from many perspectives. In secular societies want might be considered similar to the emotion desire, which can be studied scientifically through the disciplines of psychology or sociology.

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