be wanting in something

formal
to be lacking something important

My father is wanting in patience.


English dictionary. 2014.

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  • be wanting in something — formal phrase to be lacking something important My father is wanting in patience. Thesaurus: lacking and not having somethingsynonym Main entry: wanting …   Useful english 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

  • wanting — UK [ˈwɒntɪŋ] / US [ˈwɑntɪŋ] adjective not as good as something should be be found wanting: UN peacekeeping forces were found wanting. • be wanting in something …   English dictionary

  • 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 — ► 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 — [[t]wɒ̱ntɪŋ[/t]] 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… …   English dictionary

  • Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983 film) — Infobox Film name = Something Wicked This Way Comes caption = Something Wicked This Way Comes movie poster imdb id = 0086336 writer = Ray Bradbury, John Mortimer (uncredited) starring = Jason Robards, Jonathan Pryce director = Jack Clayton… …   Wikipedia

  • Wanting — Want Want, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Wanted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Wanting}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To be without; to be destitute of, or deficient in; not to have; to lack; as, to want knowledge; to want judgment; to want learning; to want food and clothing …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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