AskDefine | Define wanting

Dictionary Definition

wanting adj
1 not existing; "innovation has been sadly lacking"; "character development is missing from the book" [syn: lacking(p), missing, nonexistent, wanting(a)]
2 inadequate in amount or degree; "a deficient education"; "deficient in common sense"; "lacking in stamina"; "tested and found wanting" [syn: deficient, lacking(p), wanting(p)]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Absent or lacking.
    • 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Modern Library Edition (1995), page 171,
      but where other powers of entertainment are wanting, the true philosopher will derive benefit from such as are given.


  1. without

Extensive Definition

This article is about the economic concept, for other uses, see Want (disambiguation)
In economics, a want is something desired having to do with , distinct from a need. It's said that we have unlimited wants, but limited supplied resources. Thus, we can't have everything we want and must look for the best alternatives sometimes that will cost us less. This may be distressing to some people and may lead to depression which can be avoided if other people can give them their original wants so long as it's not a great burden on others.
People usually carry the tendency to have a strong desire to obtain something. This desire, known as "want" has been established since the beginning of life. The first cavemen wanted to be safe so they developed weapons. Before cavemen there were dinosaurs that were hungry and needed to eat. They wanted food so badly that they would kill other dinosaurs in order to satisfy their want.
There is an often stated quote, "You always want what you can't have." It is meaning that after we have something, it is no longer a want, so we move onto the next 'want' on our list.
wanting in Guarani: Mba'epota
wanting in German: Wunsch
wanting in Spanish: Deseo
wanting in French: Désir
wanting in Galician: Desexo (filosofia)
wanting in Italian: Desiderio (filosofia)
wanting in Japanese: 欲
wanting in Portuguese: Desejo
wanting in Russian: Желание
wanting in Simple English: Want
wanting in Serbian: Жеља

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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