Synonyms of wanting
1 deficientDictionary • He examined her work and found it wanting.
deficient • deficient landing systems
poor • poor wages and terrible working conditions
disappointing • The response to the appeal was disappointing.
inadequate • Supplies of food and medicine are inadequate.
inferior • The cassettes were of inferior quality.
insufficient • There was insufficient evidence to proceed.
not good enough
defective • food which is defective in nutritional quality
imperfect • We live in an imperfect world.
substandard • a policy of clearing substandard housing
leaving much to be desired
not much cop (British, slang)
not up to par
not up to expectations
bodger or bodgie (Australian, slang)
2 lackingDictionary • I feel as if something important is wanting in my life.
lacking • Why was military intelligence so lacking?
missing • One name was missing from the list.
absent • He has been absent from his desk for two weeks.
incomplete • Some offices had incomplete information on spending.
short • Money was short in those days.
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absentIf someone or something is absent from a place or situation where they should be or where they usually are, they are not there.
• He has been absent from his desk for two weeks.
• food which is defective in nutritional quality
deficientSomeone or something that is deficient is not good enough for a particular purpose.
• deficient landing systems
Thesaurus for wanting from the Collins English Thesaurus
lacking or absent; missing
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