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for (the) want of something
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.
for want of a better word/phrase etc
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.
not for want of something
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
not for want of (doing) something
Well, if he doesn't get the job it
won't be for want of trying
for want of anything better (to do)
if you do something for want of anything better, you do it only because there is nothing else you want to do
uncountable and countable
something that you need but do not have
a disgraceful want of proper care
no food/money etc
a situation in which you do not have enough food, money, clothes etc
the chronic want and deprivation in the townships
be in want of something
to need something
The house is sadly in want of repair.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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