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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.
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Jones, it was explained to me that this was a part of his "entitles." Most of the students wanted to get an education because they thought it would enable them to earn more money as school-teachers.
like plenty of lights, because I wanted to read an hour or two.
She became obsessed with the thought that it wanted but a courageous act on her part to make all of her association with people some- thing quite different, and that it was possible by such an act to pass into a new life as one opens a door and goes into a room.
They asked her how she came there and what she wanted. Then she told everything that had happened to her, and how, because she had exceeded her permission only to speak three words, the stove had disappeared with the Prince; and how she had searched a very long time, and must wander over mountain and valley till she found him.
Besides, he who abounds in money often wants necessary food; and it is impossible to say that any person is in good circumstances when with all his possessions he may perish with hunger.
Still, I can't help wishing they had wanted Jimmy Bean, too, besides the India boys."
Here have I been sitting this hour, giving these young ladies a sample of true conjugal obediencefor who can say, you know, how soon it may be wanted?"
They wanted to arrive at the truth, first, about the nature of justice and injustice, and secondly, about their relative advantages.
He wanted to sit by her side and look at her, he wanted to touch her, he wanted...
There was no gentleness in him, as there was in his father, but only hardness, a hard voice, a hard eye, a hard hand; and I felt from the first that what he wanted was to wear all the spirit out of me, and just make me into a quiet, humble, obedient piece of horseflesh.
But what's the chief point, I wanted to stay, and I stayed," he said, frowning.
Secretly I wanted to believe all these kind sayings, but I could not; I was afraid that my masters' partiality for me, and pride in me, biased their judgment.