Definition of wanting in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwän(t)iNG/


1Lacking in a certain required or necessary quality: they weren’t wanting in confidence their products would be found wanting in a direct comparison
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  • In this area, Morrison was found wanting time and time again.
  • We urge them to ensure this experiment is monitored continuously and, if found wanting, amended immediately.
  • The standard of tax office internal safeguards, repeatedly found wanting, are again in question.
without, lacking, deprived of, devoid of, bereft of, in need of, out of;
deficient in, short on
informal minus
1.1Not existing or supplied; absent: the kneecap is wanting in amphibians and reptiles
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  • Economically told, this is the kind of short that leaves you wanting more.
  • It was just a long enough kiss to give me a taste, but just a short enough kiss to leave me wanting more, short enough that it didn't quench my need.
  • If anything, the short, sharp shock of its visceral blues-punk left you wanting more - and more duly arrives in the shape of this follow-up.

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Syllabification: want·ing

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