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want for (something)
To lack something. Don't get the kids any more toys, mom—they really want for nothing.
want someone for something
1. to desire someone for some job or purpose. I want Fred for my team. We all want you for a candidate.
2. to hunt or seek someone as a criminal suspect. The police want Max for questioning. They want him for a number of crimes.
want something for someone or something
to desire to have something for someone or something. I want a gift for my wife. What would you suggest? I want a button for my shirt.
want for something
Fig. to lack something; to need something. I certainly don't want for advice. In fact, I have had too much. We don't want for helpers around here.
1. To desire something for the benefit of someone: I want only the best for you.
2. To have need of something: Those kids will never want for money. After many hours, the stranded tourists were wanting for food.