for want of a better word

for want of a better word
for want of a better word/phrase/term/ phrase
used for saying that you cannot think of a more exact way of describing or explaining what you mean

They were worried about, for want of a better word, competition from other charities.

Thesaurus: ways of explaining or clarifyinghyponym to make something easier to understandsynonym
Main entry: want

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • for want of a better word — if you say that you are using a particular word for want of a better word, you mean that it is not quite exact or suitable but there is no better one. They have problems, which, for want of a better word, we call psychological …   New idioms dictionary

  • for want of a better phrase — for want of a better word/phrase/term/ phrase used for saying that you cannot think of a more exact way of describing or explaining what you mean They were worried about, for want of a better word, competition from other charities. Thesaurus:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • for want of a better term — for want of a better word/phrase/term/ phrase used for saying that you cannot think of a more exact way of describing or explaining what you mean They were worried about, for want of a better word, competition from other charities. Thesaurus:… …   Useful english dictionary

  • want — want1 W1S1 [wɔnt US wo:nt, wa:nt] v [not usually in progressive] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(desire)¦ 2¦(need)¦ 3¦(offer)¦ 4¦(should)¦ 5 what do you want? 6¦(ask for somebody)¦ 7¦(lack)¦ 8 if you want 9 who wants ...? …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • want — 1 verb (not usually in progressive) 1 DESIRE (T) to have a desire for something: I want a drink. | What do you want for your birthday? | want to do sth: Do you want to go to Kay s party? | want sb to do sth: I don t want Linda to hear about this …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • want — I UK [wɒnt] / US [wɑnt] verb [transitive] Word forms want : present tense I/you/we/they want he/she/it wants present participle wanting past tense wanted past participle wanted *** Metaphor: Wanting something is like being hungry or thirsty, and… …   English dictionary

  • want — want1 [ want ] verb transitive *** 1. ) to feel that you would like to have, keep, or do something: Do you still want these old letters? want something for something: What do you want for your birthday? want to do something: Liz wants to see the… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • want — [[t]wɒ̱nt[/t]] ♦ wants, wanting, wanted 1) VERB: no cont, no passive If you want something, you feel a desire or a need for it. [V n] I want a drink... [V n] Ian knows exactly what he wants in life and i …   English dictionary

  • want*/*/*/ — [wɒnt] verb [T] I 1) to feel that you would like to have, keep, or do something Do you still want these old letters?[/ex] Liz wants to see the gardens.[/ex] She wants a ticket to the concert for her birthday.[/ex] 2) to feel that you would like… …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • for (the) want of something — for (the) want of sth idiom because of a lack of sth; because sth is not available • The project failed for want of financial backing. • We call our music ‘postmodern’ for the want of a better word. • We went for a walk for want of something… …   Useful english dictionary

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