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Learning video for “want” | Joshua’s English Dictionary

Want – Definition & Meaning summary

Used as a VERB.

  1. to feel need of; to wish or long for; to desire; to crave.
  2. to need something that is insufficient or lacking.

Used as a NOUN.

  1. a necessity, something wanted.

Joshua’s Seven-Step Method

Let’s learn the English vocabulary “want” by using our Seven-Step Method for effective learning.

Step 1: How to pronounce “want” in English

Can you pronounce this word correctly?

The answer is this.

  • American : /wɑːnt/
  • British : /wɒnt/
Step 2: The Word Origin

The word, “want” , is derived from Old Norse “vant.”

It means “lacking, deficient.”

So, from the Word Origin, ”lacking, deficient” is the essential meaning of ”want”.

Step 3: Definition

The modern usages of this word are:

Used as a VERB.

First meaning, to feel need of; to wish or long for; to desire; to crave.

For example – I want to speak to you about your strategy for next week’s negotiation.

Second meaning, to need something that is insufficient or lacking.

For example – He wants more time to complete the report.

Used as a NOUN.

First meaning, a necessity, something wanted.

For example – The homeless man’s wants are few: a hot shower, some clean clothing and a bowl of hot soup.

Step 4: Derived words or Related words
  • wanted, wanting
  • unwanted, wane
Step 5: Word forming elements and application examples


Step 6: Collocation

A collocation is the natural connection of words.

Used as a VERB.



He desperately wants to find a new job.

Note: In this sentence “desperately” means “in an extreme manner.”

Step 7: Commonly used Word Pairings and phrases

Used as a VERB.

want you

I just want you to be silent and take notes at the meeting.

want me

Do you want me to buy you a hamburger?

want it

I want it with extra pickles.

you want

Do you want any French fries with your order?

want to do

What do you want to do with the old computers?

want to go

Do you want to go to a movie this weekend?

want to know

I want to know what you were doing this morning.

want to see

I want to see the new exhibit at the art museum.

want to get

Do you want to get a drink after work on Friday?

want to make

Do you want to make a lot of money?

want to talk about

Do you want to talk about it?

want to talk to

I want to talk to the person in charge.

Note: “person in charge” means “the most senior person and have an authority or responsibility over something or someone.”

want to go to

Do you want to go to the Knicks game tomorrow?

Note: “Knicks” are an American professional basketball team based in the New York City.

want you to know

I want you to know that the boss isn’t happy with your work.

want to make sure

I want to make sure that you know what I expect you to do.

want me to do

What do you want me to do tomorrow?

want to do it

Please decide whether or not you want to do it.


Great job!

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