Definition of wanting in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈwɒntɪŋ/


1Lacking in a required or necessary quality: they weren’t wanting in confidence the English batting technique has been found wanting
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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.
deficient, inadequate, lacking, insufficient, imperfect, not up to standard/par, not good enough, disappointing, unsatisfying, unacceptable, not acceptable, not up to expectations, leaving much to be desired, flawed, faulty, defective, impaired, unsound, substandard, inferior, second-rate, poor, shabby, shoddy, patchy, sketchy, limited, restricted, incomplete, unfinished, unpolished, unrefined
British informal not much cop
without, lacking, devoid of, bereft of, bankrupt of, destitute of, empty of, deprived of, free from/of, in need of;
deficient in, low on, short on
informal minus, sans
1.1Not existing; absent: mandibles are wanting in many of these insects
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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.
absent, missing, lacking, not there, not present, non-existent, not to be found, unavailable, short
1.2 informal Deficient in intelligence.
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