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Happiness adds and multiplies, as we divide it with others.
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Etymology

Middle English, from Old Norse vanta

Verb

Infinitive
to want

Third person singular
-

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
-

to want (third-person singular simple present -, present participle -, simple past and past participle -)
  1. (transitive) to wish for or desire (something).
    What do you want to eat?
  2. (transitive) To lack (something).
    There was something wanting in the play.
  3. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To require (something).
    That chair wants fixing. (= That chair requires to be fixed.)

Usage notes

  • In sense 1 it takes the to infinitive.
  • In sense 3 it takes the gerund (-ing).

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Noun

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Singular
want

Plural
s

want (s)
  1. Lack (of), absence of.
    And well are worth the want that you have wanted.--Shakespeare, King Lear
  2. poverty

Translations


Dutch

Pronunciation

Homophones

Noun

want f. (plural wanten, diminutive wantje)

  1. mitten

want n. (plural wanten)

  1. shroud, sideways support for a mast.

Conjunction

want

  1. for

See also


Old High German

Noun

want f.

  1. wall

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