ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ, oft ADJ in n
If you find something or someone wanting, they are not of as high a standard as you think they should be.

He analysed his game and found it wanting...

Eleanor was scrutinized, too, and often found wanting...

He is wanting in moral constraints.


English dictionary. 2008.


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  • wanting — [wän′tiŋ] adj. 1. absent; lacking; missing [a coat with some buttons wanting] 2. not up to some standard; inadequate in some essential [weighed and found wanting] prep. 1. lacking (something); without [a watch wanting a minute hand] 2. minus;… …   English World dictionary

  • Wanting — Want ing, a. Absent; lacking; missing; also, deficient; destitute; needy; as, one of the twelve is wanting; I shall not be wanting in exertion. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wanting — index defective, deficient, delinquent (overdue), destitute, devoid, faulty, imperfect, inadept …   Law dictionary

  • wanting — [adj] lacking, inadequate absent, away, bankrupt, bereft, burned out*, cooked*, cut off, defective, deficient, deprived, destitute, devoid, disappointing, empty, failing, faulty, gone, half baked*, imperfect, incomplete, in default, inferior,… …   New thesaurus

  • wanting — ► ADJECTIVE 1) lacking in something required, necessary, or usual. 2) absent; not provided …   English terms dictionary

  • wanting — want|ing [ˈwɔntıŋ US ˈwo:n , ˈwa:n ] adj [not before noun] formal something that is wanting lacks or misses something that it needs or something that you expect it to have ▪ Their security procedures were found wanting . wanting in ▪ They were… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • wanting — adjective (not before noun) 1 be found wanting proven not to be good enough for a particular purpose: Traditional solutions had been tried and found wanting. 2 wanting in sth formal not having enough of something: wanting in grace and tact 3… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • wanting — /ˈwɒntɪŋ / (say wonting) adjective 1. lacking or absent: an apparatus with some of the parts wanting. 2. deficient in some part, thing, or respect: to be wanting in courtesy. 3. deficient by the absence of some part or thing; falling short. 4.… …   Australian English dictionary

  • wanting — /won ting, wawn /, adj. 1. lacking or absent: a motor with some of the parts wanting. 2. deficient in some part, thing, or respect: to be wanting in courtesy. prep. 3. lacking; without: a box wanting a lid. 4. less; minus: a century wanting three …   Universalium

  • wanting — adj. deficient 1) wanting in 2) (misc.) to be found wanting * * * [ wɒntɪŋ] (misc.) to be found wanting [ deficient ] wanting in …   Combinatory dictionary

  • wanting — want|ing [ wantıŋ ] adjective not as good as something should be: be found wanting: U.N. peacekeeping forces were found wanting. be wanting in something FORMAL to be lacking something important: My father is wanting in patience …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English