used to say that you do not have or cannot find what you need in a particular situation:
The gallery closed down for want of funding.
used to say that you cannot find an exact word or phrase to describe something:
They should behave, for want of a better word, decently.
used to say that even though something did not happen or succeed, it was not because you did not try hard enough or have what you needed
if you do something for want of anything better, you do it only because there is nothing else you want to do
something that you need but do not have:
lack[uncountable and countable] formal
a disgraceful want of proper care
a situation in which you do not have enough food, money, clothes etc:
no food/money etc[uncountable]
the chronic want and deprivation in the townships
to need something:
The house is sadly in want of repair.