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American English: /wɑnt/
, /wɔnt/
British English: /wɒnt/

Translation of want in Spanish:

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (require, desire) what do you want?
    ¿qué quieres?
    what do you want this for?
    ¿para qué quieres esto?
    is there anything you want?
    ¿se le ofrece algo? [formal]
    ¿deseaba algo? [formal]
    (it's) just what I('ve) always wanted!
    ¡(es) justo lo que quería!
    I want my daddy!
    ¡quiero que venga mi papá!
    the boss wants you
    el jefe te quiere ver or quiere hablar contigo
    he's wanted on the phone
    hay una llamada para él
    lo llaman por teléfono
    I know when I'm not wanted!
    sé muy bien cuando estoy de más
    I want it done today
    quiero que se haga hoy
    she wants it ready today
    quiere que esté listo hoy
    does he want the book back?
    ¿quiere que le devuelvan ( or le devolvamos etc. ) el libro?
    I wouldn't want him for a father-in-law
    no quisiera tenerlo de or como suegro
    what do you want as a birthday present?
    ¿qué quieres de regalo de cumpleaños?
    everything you could want from a car
    todo lo que se le puede pedir a un coche
    what does he want with an electric guitar?
    ¿qué va a hacer con una guitarra eléctrica?
    ¿para qué quiere una guitarra eléctrica?
    to want to + infinitive
    querer + infinitive
    they only want to help
    solo quieren ayudar
    she can be charming when she wants to (be)
    es un encanto cuando quiere or cuando se lo propone
    the car doesn't want to start to want somebody/something to + infinitive
    querer que alguien/algo + subjunctive
    what do you want me to do/say?
    ¿qué quieres que haga/diga?
    we want the party to be a success
    queremos que la fiesta sea un éxito
    to want somebody/something -ing
    querer que alguien/algo + subjunctive
    he doesn't want them snooping around
    no quiere que anden husmeando por allí
    Example sentences
    • Rosa said that although she does not want to drop the charges, she cannot handle the pressures of the situation anymore and wants out of the Army.
    • Like Dillon, he wants out of his current situation.
    • Never thrusting himself upon the crowd, but quietly allowing people to find him, he had a confidence in his own ability to judge who and what he wants out of every situation.
    Example sentences
    • The whole lot wants digging up and replacing with a small roundabout like it should have been since day one.
    wanted he is wanted for murder
    lo buscan por asesinato
    she is wanted for questioning
    la buscan para interrogarla
    Example sentences
    • He was named as wanted by Bedfordshire Police in 1998 in connection with the murder of Mr Farrow.
    • There are around 700 bail dodgers in Bolton who are wanted by police on outstanding warrants.
    • She is known to have had a relationship with a homeless man who was wanted by police in connection with a stolen credit card.
    1.3 (as price for something) how much does she want for the picture?
    ¿cuánto pide por el cuadro?
    Example sentences
    • So when it came to choosing her object of desire, she wanted an attractive object with a practical side.
    • He takes a risk because he thinks he can get away with it because the facts may well turn out to support his editor's desire and he wants a quiet life and to be obliging.
    • Feel the heat of desire, forget wanting a new car.
    1.4 (person) (sexually)
    Example sentences
    • I've always tried to please him with the clothes I buy but him not wanting me sexually I find very hurtful.
    • So Kathy is reduced to tears of frustration as she waits to see whether Anna wants her as a sexual partner.
  • 2 (need) the garage wants a coat of paint
    al garaje le hace falta or el garaje necesita una mano de pintura
    that child wants a good thrashing
    a ese niño le hace falta una buena paliza
    you'll want your umbrella
    vas a necesitar or te va a hacer falta el paraguas
    gardener wanted
    se necesita or se precisa jardinero
    we all like to feel wanted
    a todos nos gusta sentir que nos necesitan
    you want a number 65 bus
    tiene que tomar el 65
    you want the second door on the right
    es la segunda puerta a la derecha
    the last thing I want is a cold
    maldita la falta que me hace resfriarme ahora
    there's Meg — that's all I wanted!
    ahí viene Meg — ¡lo (único or último) que me faltaba!
    you want to see a doctor/to stop smoking
    tienes que ver a un médico/dejar de fumar
    you want to be more careful!
    ¡a ver si tienes más cuidado!
    you want to see the mess he's made!
    ¡tendrías que ver el desastre que ha hecho!
    to want -ingthe house wants cleaning
    hay que limpiar la casa
    tell me what wants doing
    dime qué hay que hacer
    the referee wants his eyes testing (British) [colloquial]
    el árbitro va a tener que ir al oculista
  • 3 (lack) [formal]
    carecer de [formal]

intransitive verb

  • [formal]they will never want again
    no volverán a carecer de nada [formal]
    no volverá a faltarles nada
    the Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want
    el Señor es mi pastor, nada me puede faltar


  • 1 countable and uncountable (requirement, need) their wants are few
    necesitan poco
    sus necesidades son pocas
    to be in want of something
    tener necesidad de algo
    Example sentences
    • Men, he claimed, are in want of youth, good skin and lustrous hair.
    • The broken roof tiles seen through the grilled door say the area is in want of care.
    • The story goes that the handsome prince, in want of a wife, invited all the girls in the land to a ball.
  • 2 uncountable (lack, absence) to feel the want of something/somebody
    sentir la falta de algo/alguien
    for want of something
    a falta de algo
    for want of anything better to do
    a falta de algo mejor que hacer
    for want of a better word
    a falta de una palabra más apropiada
    por así decirlo
    if she doesn't become champion, it won't be for want of trying
    si no llega a ser campeona, no será porque no lo haya intentado

Phrasal verbs

want for

verb + preposition + object
(lack) [formal] (usually with negative) you/they will want for nothing
no te/les faltará nada

want in

verb + adverb [colloquial]
1 (wish to join)to want in (on something)my firm won't want in on those terms
con esas condiciones, mi empresa no va a estar interesada
there's a poker game tonight: do you want in?
esta noche hay una partida de póquer ¿te apuntas? [colloquial]
2 (wish to enter)
querer entrar

want out

verb + adverb [colloquial]
1 (wish to quit)to want out (of something)I'm not surprised the shareholders want out
no me sorprende que los accionistas quieran deshacerse de las acciones
I want out of this relationship
quiero terminar con esta relación
several countries want out of the alliance
varios países quieren salir de la alianza
2 (wish to go out)
querer salir
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