wants

(redirected from want)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

wants

see NEEDS.

wants

the desire for GOODS and SERVICES. The attempt to satisfy wants forms the basis of all economic activity. Wants are expressed in the market place not by need or desire but by the willingness and ability to actually purchase the good or service in DEMAND. See ECONOMICS.
References in classic literature ?
And now hain't he owned up that you remind him of somethin' he wants ter forget?
A State, I said, arises, as I conceive, out of the needs of mankind; no one is self-sufficing, but all of us have many wants.
Then, as we have many wants, and many persons are needed to supply them, one takes a helper for one purpose and another for another; and when these partners and helpers are gathered together in one habitation the body of inhabitants is termed a State.
And therefore what they produce at home must be not only enough for themselves, but such both in quantity and quality as to accommodate those from whom their wants are supplied.
The cost is high, and the little wants are not what I want anyway.
Police also want to speak to a man wearing a dark hoodie top who is suspected of shoplifting in Co-op Wrexham on June 18.
Gerard Davies wants to build a single-storey extension at his home in Hunter's Ridge, Cyncoed.
Banks sees the show as a woman's guide to life and says one of her gifts is knowing what the women of her generation want.
I have other things I want to do, but I'm not committed to doing things by some pre-arranged schedule, like some people who want to make their first film before they are 30.
In this example, the partners who want to do the exchange option would give a note to the cash-option partner.
First, it may be as simple as this: the people at the remote location just don't want to be empowered.