want·ing (wŏntĭng, wôn-)
1. Absent; lacking: What is wanting is a real understanding of the issue.
2. Not measuring up to standards or expectations: found his performance wanting.
1. Without; missing: a shirt wanting a button.
2. Minus; less: an hour wanting 15 minutes.
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