Need vs. Want

Need vs. Want — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Need and Want

Neednoun

A condition or situation in which something must be supplied in order for a certain condition to be maintained or a desired state to be achieved

crops in need of water.a child's need for affection.

Wantverb

To have a strong feeling to have (something); wish (to possess or do something); desire greatly

She wants a glass of water. They want to leave.

Neednoun

Something required or wanted; a requisite

"Those of us who led the charge for these women's issues ... shared a common vision in the needs of women" (Olympia Snowe).

Wantverb

To desire (someone to do something)

I want you to clean your room.

Neednoun

Necessity; obligation

There is no need for you to go.

Wantverb

To request the presence or assistance of

You are wanted by your office.

Neednoun

A condition of poverty or misfortune

The family is in dire need.

Wantverb

To seek with intent to capture

The fugitive is wanted by the police.

Needverb

To be under the necessity of or the obligation to

They need not come. You needn't be concerned.

Wantverb

To have an inclination toward; like

Say what you want, but be tactful.

Needverb

To have need of; require

The family needs money. We need to get some more paint.

Wantverb

(Informal) To be obliged (to do something)

You want to be careful on the ice.

Needverb

To have an obligation (to do something)

You need to clean up your room.

Wantverb

To be in need of; require

"'Your hair wants cutting,' said the Hatter" (Lewis Carroll).

Needverb

To be subject (to an action) by obligation

Bags need to be stowed underneath the seat in front of you.

Wantverb

To be without; lack.

Needverb

To want to be subject to

We don't need another lecture on the subject.

Wantverb

To be inclined or desirous; wish

Call me daily if you want.

Needverb

To be in need or want.

Wantnoun

The condition or quality of lacking something usual or necessary

stayed home for want of anything better to do.

Needverb

To be necessary.

Wantnoun

Pressing need; destitution

lives in want.

Neednoun

A requirement for something; something needed.

There's no need to speculate; we can easily find out for sure.She grew irritated with his constant need for attention.Our needs are not being met.I've always tried to have few needs beyond food, clothing and shelter.

Wantnoun

Something desired

a person of few wants and needs.

Neednoun

Lack of means of subsistence; poverty; indigence; destitution.

Wantnoun

A defect of character; a fault.

Needverb

(transitive) To have an absolute requirement for.

Living things need water to survive.

Wantverb

(transitive) To wish for or desire (something); to feel a need or desire for; to crave or demand.

What do you want to eat?I want you to leave.never wanted to go back to live with my mother.want to be an astronaut when I'm older.don't want him to marry Gloria, Iwant him to marry me!What do you want from me?you want anything from the shops?

Needverb

(transitive) To want strongly; to feel that one must have something.

After ten days of hiking, I needed a shower and a shave.

Wantverb

To wish, desire, or demand to see, have the presence of or do business with.

Ma’am, you are exactly the professional we want for this job.Danish police want him for embezzlement.

Needverb

(modal verb) To be obliged or required (to do something).

You need not go if you don't want to.

Wantverb

(transitive) To lack and be in need of or require (something, such as a noun or verbal noun).

That chair wants fixing.

Needverb

(intransitive) To be required; to be necessary.

Wantverb

(transitive) To lack and be without, to not have (something).

Needverb

To be necessary (to someone).

Wantverb

To lack and (be able to) do without.

Neednoun

a condition requiring relief;

she satisfied his need for affectionGod has no need of men to accomplish His workthere is a demand for jobs

Wantverb

(transitive) To have occasion for (something requisite or useful); to require or need.

Neednoun

anything that is necessary but lacking;

he had sufficient means to meet his simple needsI tried to supply his wants

Wantverb

(intransitive) To desire (to experience desire); to wish.

the cat wants back out again; you can leave if you want

Neednoun

the psychological feature that arouses an organism to action toward a desired goal; the reason for the action; that which gives purpose and direction to behavior;

we did not understand his motivationhe acted with the best of motives

Wantverb

To be lacking or deficient or absent.

There was something wanting in the play.

Neednoun

a state of extreme poverty or destitution;

their indigence appalled hima general state of need exists among the homeless

Wantverb

To be in a state of destitution; to be needy; to lack.

Needverb

require as useful, just, or proper;

It takes nerve to do what she didsuccess usually requires hard workThis job asks a lot of patience and skillThis position demands a lot of personal sacrificeThis dinner calls for a spectacular dessertThis intervention does not postulates a patient's consent

Wantverb

To be advised to do something should, ought}}.

You’ll want to repeat this three or four times to get the best result.

Needverb

have need of;

This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner

Wantnoun

(countable) A desire, wish, longing.

Needverb

have or feel a need for;

always needing friends and money

Wantnoun

}} Lack, absence.

Wantnoun

(uncountable) Poverty.

Wantnoun

Something needed or desired; a thing of which the loss is felt.

Wantnoun

A depression in coal strata, hollowed out before the subsequent deposition took place.

Wantnoun

a state of extreme poverty

Wantnoun

the state of needing something that is absent or unavailable;

there is a serious lack of insight into the problemwater is the critical deficiency in desert regionsfor want of a nail the shoe was lost

Wantnoun

anything that is necessary but lacking;

he had sufficient means to meet his simple needsI tried to supply his wants

Wantnoun

a specific feeling of desire;

he got his wishhe was above all wishing and desire

Wantverb

feel or have a desire for; want strongly;

I want to go home nowI want my own room

Wantverb

have need of;

This piano wants the attention of a competent tuner

Wantverb

wish or demand the presence of;

I want you here at noon!

Wantverb

hunt or look for; want for a particular reason;

Your former neighbor is wanted by the FBIUncle Sam wants you

Wantverb

be without, lack; be deficient in;

want courtesywant the strength to go on livingflood victims wanting food and shelter