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Want in a Sentence

Examples of want in a sentence

Want is a pretty easy word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!

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Below you will find the definition of want, followed by 29 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.

want(wŏnt, wônt)

(noun) - a specific feeling of desire

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EXAMPLES - Want in a Sentence

  1. Schopenhauer tells us, and to want is to be in pain. (source)
  2. _want of a nail the shoe was lost; for want of a shoe_ (source)
  3. III. ii.69 (379,3) that want] The _want_ of their loves. (source)
  4. If you want Real People to * want* to use your stuff, then (source)
  5. I want, I had almost said, I _want_ to share your antipathies. (source)
  6. I want to marry Marion Wolton -- I _want_ to make _her my wife! (source)
  7. The "want" is different from the "shalt," which is different from the act. (source)
  8. Whether personally or ideologically driven, 'want' is not a good enough reason. (source)
  9. And _we want the same as you want_, i.e. _to be free citizens of our own state_. (source)
  10. All I want is a little gratitude from you -- ah, no, I cannot say that is all I _want_. (source)
  11. But, please understand me -- I don't want to thrust myself and the _Francesco_ into your company if _you_ don't want_ me_. (source)
  12. It makes me want to _do_ something -- to _risk_ something, to want to _want_ something more than I've ever learned to want. (source)
  13. "The last thing I tell you," she said, "the thing I want you to remember, is this, that, though I do not care -- I _want_ to care." (source)
  14. The child stood his ground, 'Mother, I want a piece of mince-pie -- I _want_ a piece -- I _want_ a piece,' was repeated incessantly. (source)
  15. To shorten explanations -- for which we've neither opportunity nor time -- I want you for my wife -- _want you, and will have you_. " (source)
  16. At the point where you can get as many movies as you want for $10 / month, you won't _want_ to go through the hassle of pirating them. (source)
  17. It always seems like Kelly and the label want different things, but the label always wins (with the exception of My December, I guess). (source)
  18. Really know what you want as a home, _want it_, and you can work out any scheme, provided you have intelligence, patience and perseverance. (source)
  19. Actualy feel pretty hacked off as all smt appear to want is to appease Chief constable, regardless of imact on peoples lifes (pc and public). (source)
  20. But I will not use the coercive power of the state to FORCE them to act as I want them to, even if my "want" is genuinely motivated by love and good feelings. (source)
  21. And the irony for me is, now that he actually does something that makes me want to boycott his films, he goes and puts out a movie I actually * want* to see this summer. (source)
  22. And the Lindens don't want to spend staff time on fixing that, and Mentors don't have land controls -- nor would I * want* them to have such controls unlike other residents. (source)
  23. I know her label want her to be percieved as a global superstar and a big thing in the States, but the reaction to Echo outside of the UK suggests they may have to go back to the drawing board. (source)
  24. Island, to make an anatomical dissection of its body and save the fat of its kidneys, which, they said, was very useful and necessary for the cure of a certain distemper, which they called want of money. (source)
  25. This want is the common hinderance to this point of the womans obedience; for this want makes them want love to Gods precepts, want love to his doctrine, and like step-mothers, want due love to their own children. (source)
  26. Hm, perhaps a shutdown / restart could appear to the Lisp code like all the process sentinels signalling a process death / network disconnection, something they have to deal with anyway ... obviously you'd also want a session-save-hook and session-restore-hook, so that things that * want* to be aware of shutdown / restart can be. (source)
  27. Each individual perceived some want in his neighbor, and forthwith proceeded to supply this want, _charging just as much for the thing supplied as the desire for the article or his need of it would force the person supplied to pay; without reference to the equitable price, estimated with respect to the labor bestowed in supplying the want_. (source)
  28. And if God now called him away from the life he loved to a life he did not want at all, we must not be surprised, for Christ said that those who would be His disciples must _deny themselves_ and take up their _cross_ and follow Him, and that is what all good Christians must be ready to do -- that is, live according to _the way God wants_ instead of according to the way _they want_ themselves. (source)
  29. So maybe if a guy isn't passionate about * something*, and on top of that he's not showing any particular interest in the girl (I mean, yes ... we do want a guy to act like he really does * want* to be with us), which we've culturally come to expect to manifest itself through physical interactions, then I can see how it would be likely that a girl could lose interest and not feel that the possibility for a lifelong relationship is budding. (source)

Sentence Information

The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 29 example sentences provided below is 74.0, which suggests that "want" is a fairly easy word that is likely to be understood by a majority of English-speaking individuals.


We have 14 synonyms for want.

appetite, craving, demand, fancy, hankering, hunger, longing, necessity, need, requirement, thirst, wish, yearning, yen


We have 8 antonyms for want.

abundance, disinterest, dislike, distaste, hate, hatred, indifference, plenty


Pronunciation: (wŏnt, wônt)

Syllabification: ['want']


View up to 25 definitions of want from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.

from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
  1. (verb-transitive) To desire greatly; wish for: They want to leave. She wants a glass of water. See Synonyms at desire.
  2. (verb-transitive) To desire (someone to do something): I want you to clean your room.
  3. (verb-transitive) To request the presence or assistance of: You are wanted by your office.
  4. (verb-transitive) To seek with intent to capture: The fugitive is wanted by the police.
  5. (verb-transitive) To have an inclination toward; like: Say what you want, but be tactful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
  1. (noun) A desire, wish, longing.
  2. (noun) Lack, absence.
  3. (noun) Poverty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
  1. (noun) The state of not having; the condition of being without anything; absence or scarcity of what is needed or desired; deficiency; lack
  2. (noun) Specifically, absence or lack of necessaries; destitution; poverty; penury; indigence; need.
  3. (noun) 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.
  4. (noun) A depression in coal strata, hollowed out before the subsequent deposition took place.
  5. (verb-transitive) To be without; to be destitute of, or deficient in; not to have; to lack

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  1. (None) Lacking; deficient.
  2. (noun) Lack; deficiency; scarcity; dearth, or absence of what is needed or desired: as, want of thought; want of money.
  3. (noun) A vacant part, place, or space; a vacancy.
  4. (noun) That which is lacking, but needed; the vacancy caused by the absence of some need ful, important, or desirable thing.
  5. (noun) The state of being without means; poverty; penury; indigence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
  1. (noun) a specific feeling of desire
  2. (verb) feel or have a desire for; want strongly
  3. (noun) anything that is necessary but lacking
  4. (verb) wish or demand the presence of
  5. (noun) a state of extreme poverty