English Thesaurus
(verb) 
Definition
to feel a need or longing for
My husband really wants a new car.
Synonyms
wish for
, , ,
long for
, ,
covet
She coveted his job so openly that conversations between them were tense.
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hope for
,
yearn for
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thirst for
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hunger for
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pine for
, ,
set your heart on
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feel a need for
,
have a yen for (informal)
,
have a fancy for
,
eat your heart out over
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would give your eyeteeth for
Opposites
, , ,
be sated
(verb) 
Definition
to wish or desire (to do something)
Do you want another cup of coffee?
Synonyms
feel like
, , ,
feel the need for
,
feel up to
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feel inclined to
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have the inclination for
(verb) 
Definition
to have need of or require (doing or being something)
The grass wants cutting.
Synonyms
need
The building needs quite a few repairs.
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demand
The task demands much patience and hard work.
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require
A baby requires warmth and physical security.
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call for
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have need of
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stand in need of
(verb) 
Definition
should or ought (to do something)
You want to look where you're going, mate.
Synonyms
should
, ,
must
Mr. Allen must pay your legal costs.
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ought
(verb) 
Definition
to feel a need or longing for
Come on, darling. I want you.
Synonyms
desire
He was bored and desired change in his life.
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fancy (informal)
I just fancied a drink.
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long for
,
crave
There may be certain times of day when smokers crave a cigarette.
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wish for
They wished for a son or daughter to carry on the family business.
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yearn for
,
thirst for
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hanker after
I hankered after a floor-length suede coat.
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burn for
(verb) 
Children should be wanted and planned.
Synonyms
love
We love each other, and we want to spend our lives together.
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prize
These items are greatly prized by collectors.
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treasure
She treasures her memories of those joyous days.
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adore
She adored her parents and would do anything to please them.
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cherish
He genuinely loved and cherished his children.
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dote on
,
hold dear
(verb) 
Definition
to be lacking or deficient in
Our team still wants one more player.
Synonyms
lack
It lacked the power of the Italian cars.
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need
He desperately needed money.
, ,
be short of
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miss
Your mum and I are going to miss you at Christmas.
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be deficient in
,
be without
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fall short in
,
be able to do with
(noun) 
Definition
a lack, shortage, or absence
The men were daily becoming weaker for want of rest.
Synonyms
lack
Despite his lack of experience, he got the job.
, ,
absence
In the absence of a will, the courts decide who the guardian is.
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shortage
There's no shortage of ideas.
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deficiency
They did tests for signs of vitamin deficiency.
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famine
refugees trapped by war, drought and famine
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default
The other team failed to turn up so we won by default.
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shortfall
The government has refused to make up a shortfall in funding.
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inadequacy
the inadequacy of the water supply
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scarcity
an ever-increasing scarcity of water
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dearth
a dearth of resources
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paucity (formal)
the paucity of information
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shortness
,
insufficiency
Anaemia is due to insufficiency of iron.
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non-existence
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scantiness
Opposites
(noun) 
He said they were fighting for freedom from want.
Synonyms
poverty
Many people in the region still live in absolute poverty.
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need
the state of need in the developing world
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hardship
Many people are suffering economic hardship.
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privation (formal)
They endured years of privation during the war.
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penury
He was brought up in penury, without education.
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destitution
Equality will not relieve destitution but will spread it evenly.
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neediness
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hand-to-mouth existence
, , ,
pennilessness
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distress
There was little support to help them in their distress.
Opposites
(noun) 
Definition
something that is needed, desired, or lacked
The company needs to respond to the wants of our customers.
Synonyms
wish
Clearly she had no wish for his company.
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will
He was forced to leave the country against his will.
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need
The need for revenge kept eating at me.
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demand
The demand for coal is down.
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desire
I had a strong desire to help and care for people.
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requirement
The products met all legal requirements.
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fancy
His interest was just a passing fancy.
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yen (informal)
Mike had a yen to try cycling.
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longing
He felt a longing for the familiar.
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hunger
He has a hunger for success that seems bottomless.
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necessity
Water is a basic necessity of life.
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appetite
our growing appetite for scandal
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craving
I had a sudden craving for a cheese sandwich.
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yearning
He spoke of his yearning for another child.
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thirst
their ever-growing thirst for cash
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hankering
Have you always had a hankering to be an actress?

Additional synonyms

in the sense of absence
Definition
the fact of being without something
In the absence of a will, the courts decide who the guardian is.
Synonyms
privation (formal),
unavailability,
nonexistence
in the sense of adore
Definition
to love intensely or deeply
She adored her parents and would do anything to please them.
Synonyms
in the sense of appetite
Definition
a liking or willingness
our growing appetite for scandal

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