wants


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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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A great many more students wanted to enter the school, but it had been decided to receive only those who were above fifteen years of age, and who had previously received some education.
"Well, he only wants to read--that's what he says."
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."
She wanted to show him that she was displeased that he had not come home as he had promised-- displeased only, and not on any account to let him see her distress, and least of all, her self-pity.
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.
There was consciousness, animation, and warmth; there was every thing which her countenance or manner could ever have wanted. She came forward with an offered hand; and said, in a low, but very feeling tone,
They did not give me a chance to know what they wanted. I was high bred and had a great deal of spirit, and was very wild, no doubt, and gave them, I dare say, plenty of trouble, but then it was dreadful to be shut up in a stall day after day instead of having my liberty, and I fretted and pined and wanted to get loose.
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.
Then she went away, and told the old King that the thing inside the iron stove would not have her, but wanted the Princess.
Waiting, in silence, would have been agreeable enough, for I was full of matter for reflection, and wanted to give it a chance to work.
We got to bed early, for we wanted to make an early start, so as to take advantage of the cool of the morning.