Synonyms of 'want'
to feel a need or longing forMy husband really wants a new car.
wish for, , ,
long for, ,
She coveted his job so openly that conversations between them were tense.
pine for, ,
set your heart on,
feel a need for,
have a yen for (informal),
have a fancy for,
eat your heart out over,
would give your eyeteeth for
to wish or desire (to do something)Do you want another cup of coffee?
to have need of or require (doing or being something)The grass wants cutting.
should or ought (to do something)You want to look where you're going, mate.
to feel a need or longing forCome on, darling. I want you.
He was bored and desired change in his life.
I just fancied a drink.
There may be certain times of day when smokers crave a cigarette.
They wished for a son or daughter to carry on the family business.
I hankered after a floor-length suede coat.
Children should be wanted and planned.
We love each other, and we want to spend our lives together.
These items are greatly prized by collectors.
She treasures her memories of those joyous days.
She adored her parents and would do anything to please them.
He genuinely loved and cherished his children.
to be lacking or deficient inOur team still wants one more player.
a lack, shortage, or absenceThe men were daily becoming weaker for want of rest.
Despite his lack of experience, he got the job.
In the absence of a will, the courts decide who the guardian is.
There's no shortage of ideas.
They did tests for signs of vitamin deficiency.
refugees trapped by war, drought and famine
The other team failed to turn up so we won by default.
The government has refused to make up a shortfall in funding.
the inadequacy of the water supply
an ever-increasing scarcity of water
a dearth of resources
paucity (formal), ,
the paucity of information
Anaemia is due to insufficiency of iron.
He said they were fighting for freedom from want.
Many people in the region still live in absolute poverty.
the state of need in the developing world
Many people are suffering economic hardship.
They endured years of privation during the war.
He was brought up in penury, without education.
Equality will not relieve destitution but will spread it evenly.
hand-to-mouth existence, , ,
There was little support to help them in their distress.
something that is needed, desired, or lackedThe company needs to respond to the wants of our customers.
Clearly she had no wish for his company.
He was forced to leave the country against his will.
The need for revenge kept eating at me.
The demand for coal is down.
I had a strong desire to help and care for people.
The products met all legal requirements.
His interest was just a passing fancy.
Mike had a yen to try cycling.
He felt a longing for the familiar.
He has a hunger for success that seems bottomless.
Water is a basic necessity of life.
our growing appetite for scandal
I had a sudden craving for a cheese sandwich.
He spoke of his yearning for another child.
their ever-growing thirst for cash
Have you always had a hankering to be an actress?
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in the sense of absence
the fact of being without somethingIn the absence of a will, the courts decide who the guardian is.
in the sense of adore
to love intensely or deeplyShe adored her parents and would do anything to please them.
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