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”.

Definitions of want
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
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