NOTE: refers to an overall existing condition of poverty, hunger
These starving refugees have never known freedom from want.
John's grandfather knew want growing up during the Depression.
Decades of war have reduced the small nation to a state of want.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1
NOTE: refers to the absence of some perceived need or requirement
John's roof is in want of repair.
If we don't win, it won't be through want of trying. (lack of trying)
He's a sweet kid but suffers from a want of good sense.
The shoe was lost for want of a nail.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 3
NOTE: refers to an agent's internal state of desire, wishing
The company has not been able to satisfy its customers wants lately.
The spoiled child could not see beyond his own wants and desires.
Her wants were easily met by the attentive hotel staff.
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 4