(=desire, wish for) vouloir
→ I want a drink
→ Do you want another cup of coffee?
Do you want some cake? Tu veux du gâteau?
to want to do sth vouloir faire qch
→ I want to wash my hair tonight.
→ People wanted to know who this talented designer was
I want to go to the cinema. Je veux aller au cinéma.
What do you want to do tomorrow? Qu'est-ce que tu veux faire demain?
to want sb to do sth vouloir que qn fasse qch
→ They wanted their father to be the same as other daddies.
I didn't want him to go. Je ne voulais pas qu'il y aille.
to want sth done vouloir que qch soit fait
→ He wanted his power recognized.
She wanted her house painted. Elle voulait que sa maison soit peinte.
(=need) avoir besoin de
→ Her hair wants washing.
→ The windows wanted cleaning.
→ It wants a bit more salt.
The car wants a good clean. La voiture a besoin d'un bon nettoyage.
The grass wants cutting. La pelouse a besoin d'être tondue.
you're wanted on the phone on vous demande au téléphone
if you want si vous voulez, si tu veux
→ You're welcome to stay the night if you want.
→ If you want, I'll finish it for you.
"Can we go now?" - - "If you want." "On peut y aller maintenant?" - - "Si tu veux."
what do you want? Qu'est-ce que vous voulez?
→ "Mr Davis?" "Yes, what do you want?"
sb wants to do sth * qn devrait faire qch
→ He wants to think about what he's saying.
→ You don't want to go round accusing people like that without evidence.
You want to be more careful. Vous devriez faire plus attention.
(=lack) manque m
want of sth manque de qch
→ This shows a dreadful want of foresight on his part.
→ The men were becoming weaker from want of rest
for want of faute de
→ We'll call them rocks, for want of a better name.
→ She went into teaching for want of anything better to do
(=requirements) besoins mpl → They developed new wants: for bicycles, shirts, and whisky.
* vouloir laisser tomber
→ I was afraid, and I told him I wanted out.
to want out of sth vouloir sortir de qch
I just want out of the relationship. Je veux juste sortir de cette relation.
* vouloir en être
to want in on sth vouloir être de qch
→ Suddenly she wanted in on the deal.
n (US) petite annonce f
→ I furnished my first apartment with items from the want ads ...
→ Nearly everybody in the group agreed that in this job market the usual avenues, like searching the want ads, are useless.