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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [wont, wawnt]
    • /wɒnt, wɔnt/
    • /ˈwɒn.tɪd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [wont, wawnt]
    • /wɒnt, wɔnt/

Definitions of wanted word

  • verb with object wanted to feel a need or a desire for; wish for: to want one's dinner; always wanting something new. 1
  • verb with object wanted to wish, need, crave, demand, or desire (often followed by an infinitive): I want to see you. She wants to be notified. 1
  • verb with object wanted to be without or be deficient in: to want judgment; to want knowledge. 1
  • verb with object wanted to fall short by (a specified amount): The sum collected wants but a few dollars of the desired amount. 1
  • verb with object wanted to require or need: The house wants painting. 1
  • verb without object wanted to feel inclined; wish; like (often followed by to): We can stay home if you want. 1

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Origin of wanted

First appearance:

before 1150
One of the 7% oldest English words
1150-1200; Middle English wante < Old Norse vanta to lack

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Wanted


wanted popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 99% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

wanted usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for wanted

adj wanted

  • needed — necessary, required, or wanted (usually used in combination): a much-needed vacation.
  • necessary — being essential, indispensable, or requisite: a necessary part of the motor.
  • requested — the act of asking for something to be given or done, especially as a favor or courtesy; solicitation or petition: At his request, they left.
  • desired — wished for
  • loved — held in deep affection; cherished: loved companions; much-loved friends.

adjective wanted

  • required — to have need of; need: He requires medical care.
  • sought — simple past tense and past participle of seek.
  • sought after — that is in demand; desirable: a sought-after speaker.
  • hunted — to chase or search for (game or other wild animals) for the purpose of catching or killing.
  • cherished — clung to, esp when fulfilment is unlikely

Antonyms for wanted

adj wanted

  • fulfilled — to carry out, or bring to realization, as a prophecy or promise.
  • satisfied — content: a satisfied look.
  • abandoned — An abandoned place or building is no longer used or occupied.
  • renounced — to give up or put aside voluntarily: to renounce worldly pleasures.

noun wanted

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