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want (v.)

13世纪, “缺乏”, 来自古北欧语 vanta “缺乏, 想要”, 更早的 *wanaton, 来自原日耳曼语 *wanen, 来自PIE *weno-, 是根 *eue- “离开, 抛弃, 放弃” 的后缀形式. 到1706年就有了“渴望, 希望, 感到需要” 的意思.

want (n.)

13世纪, “deficiency, insufficiency, shortage”, 来自 want (v.) 和古北欧语 vant, vanr 的中性词“wanting, deficient”; 与古英语 wanian “to diminish” (见 wane) 有关. 意思是“匮乏, 贫困的状态”, 记载于14世纪初, 意思是“想要的东西, 缺乏但需要的东西”, 记载于1560年代. 短语 for want of 是15世纪的记录. 报纸 want ad 是1897年的记录. 中古英语有 wantsum (13世纪) “in want, deprived of”, 字面意思是“想要的东西”.

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Definitions of want from WordNet
1
want (v.)
feel or have a desire for; want strongly;
I want to go home now
I want my own room
Synonyms: desire
want (v.)
have need of;
This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner
Synonyms: need / require
want (v.)
hunt or look for; want for a particular reason;
Uncle Sam wants you
Your former neighbor is wanted by the FBI
want (v.)
wish or demand the presence of;
I want you here at noon!
want (v.)
be without, lack; be deficient in;
want courtesy
want the strength to go on living
flood victims wanting food and shelter
2
want (n.)
a state of extreme poverty;
Synonyms: privation / deprivation / neediness
want (n.)
the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable;
for want of a nail the shoe was lost
Synonyms: lack / deficiency
want (n.)
anything that is necessary but lacking;
I tried to supply his wants
Synonyms: need
want (n.)
a specific feeling of desire;
Synonyms: wish / wishing
From wordnet.princeton.edu