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Want, subst. 1) the state of not having; absence of a necessary thing or quality: “spites me more than all these --s,” Shr. IV, 3, 11. “she wants nothing, to name w., if w. it be not that she is not he,” John II, 435. “what that w. might ruin,” Cor. III, 2, 69. Lr. I, 1, 282 (exclusion from the inheritance). With of or a genitive: “how w. of love tormenteth,” Ven. 202. “no w. of conscience hold it,” Sonn. 151, 13. “whose w. and whose delay is strewed with sweets,” All's II, 4, 45. Wint. II, 1, 109. R2 III, 4, 16. R2 III, 4, 16 H4A III, 1, 184. IV, 1, 44 (his present w. == the present w. of him, i. e. his being absent at present). H5 V, 2, 69. H6A I, 1, 69. H6B IV, 8, 65. H6C I, 4, 133. V, 2, 8 etc. “for w. of:” Lucr. 153. Lucr. 153 Tp. II, 1, 146. Gent. II, 1, 31. Gent. II, 1, 31 Wiv. III, 2, 14. Err. II, 2, 181. LLL V, 2, 719. Mids. I, 1, 130. All's IV, 1, 77. Tw. I, 5, 70. H5 V, 2, 57. H6B III, 1, 33 etc.
2) indigence, state of being without means: “where w. cries some,” Compl. 42. “no man will supply thy w.” Pilgr. 410. “scarcity and w. shall shun you,” Tp. IV, 116. “feel w.” R2 III, 2, 175. “one that surfeits thinking on a w.” H6B III, 2, 348. Tim. II, 2, 63. Hml. III, 2, 218. Ant. III, 12, 30.
3) need, necessity, occasion for sth.: “nothing wants that w. itself doth seek,” LLL IV, 3, 237. “to supply the ripe --s of my friend,” Merch. I, 3, 64. Merch. I, 3, 64 R2 I, 4, 51. “my master's --s,” Tim. II, 2, 29. Tim. II, 2, 29 “your greatest w. is, you want much of meat,” IV, 3, 419. “the w. is but to put those powers in motion,” Cymb. IV, 3, 31.
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