want (v.) Old form(s): want'st
lack, need, be without
1H4 I.ii.154[Falstaff to Prince Hal] the poor abuses of the time want countenance
1H4 I.ii.199[Prince Hal alone, of himself as the sun] Being wanted, he may be more wondered at
1H4 I.iii.130[Hotspur to Northumberland and Worcester, of Mortimer] let my soul / Want mercy if I do not join with him [i.e. I'll be damned if I don't join with him]
1H4 V.i.79[King Henry to Worcester] never yet did insurrection want / Such water-colours to impaint his cause
1H6 I.i.116[Third Messenger to all, of Talbot] He wanted pikes to set before his archers
1H6 I.i.143[Bedford to all, of Talbot] such a worthy leader, wanting aid, / Unto his dastard foemen is betrayed
1H6 I.i.75[First Messenger to all, of the generals] One would have lingering wars with little cost; / Another would fly swift, but wanteth wings
1H6 I.i.82[Exeter to all, of the news from France] Were our tears wanting to this funeral, / These tidings would call forth her flowing tides
1H6 I.ii.9[Alen??on to all, of the English] They want their porridge and their fat bull-beeves
1H6 I.iv.86[Talbot to himself] Heaven, be thou gracious to none alive / If Salisbury wants mercy at thy hands!
1H6 V.iv.46[Pucelle to the English] Because you want the grace that others have, / You judge it straight a thing impossible / To compass wonders but by help of devils
2H4 IV.iv.8[King Henry IV to all] we want a little personal strength
2H4 V.iii.28[Davy to guests] What you want in meat, we'll have in drink
2H4 V.iii.54[Shallow to Bardolph] If thou wantest anything and wilt not call, beshrew thy heart
2H6 III.i.168[Gloucester to all] I shall not want false witness to condemn me
2H6 III.ii.126[Warwick to King] The commons, like an angry hive of bees / That want their leader
2H6 V.i.171[King to Salisbury] Why art thou old and wantest experience?
2H6 V.ii.22[Clifford to York] Nor should thy prowess want praise and esteem, / But that 'tis shown ignobly and in treason
3H6 II.vi.102[Edward to Warwick] never will I undertake the thing / Wherein thy counsel and consent is wanting
3H6 IV.i.121[George to Edward] though I want a kingdom, yet in marriage / I may not prove inferior to yourself
3H6 IV.vi.57[Warwick to George, of the succession] therein Clarence shall not want his part
AC II.ii.72[Antony to Caesar, of Fulvia] her impatience--which not wanted / Shrewdness of policy too
AC II.vi.11[Pompey to all] I do not know / Wherefore my father should revengers want, / Having a son and friends
AC IV.xiv.53[Antony alone] Dido and her Aeneas shall want troops
AC V.ii.97[Cleopatra to Dolabella] Nature wants stuff / To vie strange forms with fancy
AW I.i.70.2[Lafew to Countess, of Bertram at court] He cannot want the best / That shall attend his love [unclear meaning: ?he will not lack the best experience there if he shows a loving behaviour]
AW II.iv.4[Clown to Helena, of her mother] she's very well and wants nothing i'th'world
AYL III.ii.23[Corin to Touchstone] he that wants money, means, and content is without three good friends
AYL III.iii.58[Touchstone to Audrey and Jaques] by how much defence is better than no skill, by so much is a horn more precious than to want
CE I.i.8[Duke to Egeon, of merchants] wanting guilders to redeem their lives
CE II.ii.160[Antipholus of Syracuse to Luciana] every word by all my wit being scanned, / Wants wit in all one word to understand
CE II.ii.57[Dromio of Syracuse to Antipholus of Syracuse] I think the meat wants that I have
Cym III.v.115[Cloten to Pisanio] thou shouldst neither want my means for thy relief, nor my voice for thy preferment
Cym V.iv.187[Posthumus to First Gaoler] there are none want eyes to direct them the way I am going, but such as wink, and will not use them
E3 I.ii.3[Countess alone, as if to Montague] I fear thou want'st / The lively spirit sharply to solicit / With vehement suit the king in my behalf
E3 III.iii.204[King Edward to Prince Edward] Now wants there nought but knighthood, which deferred / We leave till thou hast won it in the field
H5 III.vii.70[Constable to Dauphin, of losing some of the stars on his armour] my sky shall not want
H8 I.i.107[Norfolk to Buckingham, of Wolsey] What his high hatred would effect wants not / A minister in his power
H8 III.ii.308[Wolsey to all] If I blush, / It is to see a nobleman want manners
Ham I.ii.150[Hamlet alone] a beast that wants discourse of reason / Would have mourned longer
Ham III.ii.49[Hamlet to Players, quoting a gentleman] My coat wants a cullison
Ham III.iv.131[Hamlet to Ghost] what I have to do / Will want true colour
Ham IV.v.91[Claudius to Gertrude, of Ophelia] Her brother ... wants not buzzers to infect his ear
JC I.iii.58[Cassius to Casca] those sparks of life / That should be in a Roman you do want, / Or else you use not
KJ III.iv.13[Lewis the Dauphin to King Philip, of the English advance] Such temperate order in so fierce a cause, / Doth want example
KJ IV.iii.127[Bastard to Hubert] if thou wantest a cord, the smallest thread ... / Will serve to strangle thee
KL I.i.224[Cordelia to Lear] I want that glib and oily art / To speak and purpose not
KL III.vi.23[Edgar as Poor Tom to an imaginary Gonerill or Regan] Want'st thou eyes at trial, madam?
KL IV.iv.20.1[Cordelia to all, of Lear] seek for him, / Lest his ungoverned rage dissolve the life / That wants the means to lead it
LLL IV.ii.77[Holofernes to Nathaniel, of the people] If their sons be ingenious, they shall want no instruction [F ingennous]
LLL IV.iii.235[Berowne to King, of his lady] Where nothing wants that want itself doth seek
Luc.1455[of Hecuba] Her blue blood changed to black in every vein, / Wanting the spring that those shrunk pipes had fed
Luc.42[] meaner men should vaunt / That golden hap which their superiors want
Luc.557[of Lucrece and Tarquin] Her sad behaviour feeds his vulture folly, / A swallowing gulf that even in plenty wanteth
Luc.97[of Tarquin] poorly rich so wanteth in his store / That cloyed with much he pineth still for more
Mac III.vi.8[Lennox to Lord] Who cannot want the thought how monstrous / It was for Malcolm and for Donalbain / To kill their gracious father?
Mac IV.ii.9[Lady Macduff to Ross, of her husband] He wants the natural touch
MND I.i.54[Theseus to Hermia, of Lysander and Demetrius] wanting your father's voice, / The other must be held the worthier
MND II.i.101[Titania to Oberon] The human mortals want their winter cheer
MV V.i.205[Portia to Bassanio] What man is there so much unreasonable ... wanted the modesty / To urge the thing held as a ceremony?
MW II.ii.247[Ford as Brook to Falstaff] Want no money, Sir John; you shall want none.
MW IV.iv.37[Ford to all] there want not many that do fear / In deep of night to walk by this Herne's Oak
MW V.v.135[Falstaff to all, of what Evans has said] Have I laid my brain in the sun and dried it, that it wants matter to prevent so gross o'erreaching as this?
Per I.iv.11[Cleon to Dionyza] Who wanteth food and will not say he wants it [first instance]
Per I.iv.16[Cleon to Dionyza] if heaven slumber while their creatures want
Per I.iv.19[Cleon to Dionyza] wanting breath to speak, help me with tears
R2 II.iii.10[Northumberland to Bolingbroke] what a weary way / From Ravenspurgh to Cotswold will be found / In Ross and Willoughby, wanting your company
R2 III.iii.179[King Richard to all] Down, down I come like glistering Phaethon, / Wanting the manage of unruly jades
R2 III.iii.203[King Richard to York] Tears show their love, but want their remedies
R2 III.iv.13[Queen Isabel to Ladies] joy, being altogether wanting
R2 III.iv.17[Queen Isabel to Ladies] For what I have I need not to repeat, / And what I want it boots not to complain
R3 I.i.16[Richard alone] I, that am rudely stamped, and want love's majesty
R3 II.ii.42[Queen Elizabeth to Duchess of York] Why wither not the leaves that want their sap?
R3 III.vii.124[Buckingham to Richard] This noble isle doth want her proper limbs
R3 V.iii.13[King Richard to Norfolk] the King's name is a tower of strength, / Which they upon the adverse faction want
RJ II.ii.155[Romeo alone, of Juliet's absence] A thousand times the worse, to want thy light!
RJ II.ii.78[Romeo to Juliet] My life were better ended by their hate / Than death prorogued, wanting of thy love
RJ V.iii.15[Paris to himself, of Juliet's tomb] Which with sweet water nightly I will dew; / Or, wanting that, with tears distilled by moans
Sonn.38.1[] How can my Muse want subject to invent
Sonn.69.2[] Those parts of thee that the world's eye doth view / Want nothing that the thought of hearts can mend
TC III.ii.174[Troilus to Cressida] their rhymes, / Full of protest, of oath, and big compare, / Want similes
TC III.iii.25[Calchas to Agamemnon, of the Trojans and Antenor] their negotiations all must slack, / Wanting his manage
Tem epilogue.13[Prospero to audience] Now I want / Spirits to enforce, art to enchant
Tem III.iii.26[Antonio to all, of their vision] what does else want credit, come to me / And I'll be sworn 'tis true
Tem III.iii.39[Alonso to all, of the spirits] Although they want the use of tongue, a kind / Of excellent dumb discourse
Tem IV.i.58[Prospero to Ariel] Bring a corollary, / Rather than want a spirit [i.e. bring too many rather than too few]
TG I.ii.95[Lucetta to Julia] There wanteth but a mean to fill your song
TG II.iv.110[Silvia to Proteus] duty never yet did want his meed
TG II.vi.12[Proteus alone] he wants wit that wants resolved will / To learn his wit t'exchange the bad for better
TG III.i.147[Duke reading Valentine's letter] Because myself do want my servants' fortune
Tim II.i.5[Senator alone] If I want gold, steal but a beggar's dog / And give it Timon, why, the dog coins gold
Tim II.ii.210[Flavius to Timon] That now they are at fall, want treasure
Tim III.ii.39[Lucius to Servilius] He cannot want fifty five hundred talents
Tim III.ii.8[Lucius to First Stranger, of Timon] He cannot want for money
Tim IV.iii.417[Bandits to Timon] We are not thieves, but men that much do want.
Tit II.i.26[Demetrius to Chiron] thy years want wit, thy wit wants edge
Tit III.ii.5[Titus to Marcus] Thy niece and I, poor creatures, want our hands
Tit V.ii.18[Titus to disguised Tamora] How can I grace my talk, / Wanting a hand to give it action?
TNK I.i.108[Third Queen to Emilia] sorrow wanting form / Is pressed with deeper matter
TNK I.i.222.1[Pirithous to Theseus] the feast's solemnity / Shall want till your return
TNK III.iii.52.1[Arcite to Palamon] Get off your trinkets; you shall want naught
TNK III.vi.209[Pirithous to Theseus] by your most noble soul, / Which cannot want due mercy, I beg first
TNK III.vi.216[Theseus to Emilia] you have pity, / But want the understanding where to use it
TS III.ii.245[Baptista to all] though bride and bridegroom wants / For to supply the places at the table, / You know there wants no junkets at the feast
TS III.ii.5[Baptista to Tranio as Lucentio] What mockery will it be / To want the bridegroom when the priest attends
TS induction.1.102[Lord to Servants, of the Players] Let them want nothing that my house affords
WT IV.ii.13[Polixenes to Camillo] Better not to have had thee than thus to want thee
WT IV.iv.591[Camillo to Florizel] That you may know you shall not want, one word
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