- having or expressing desire.
- Grammar. (of a verb derived from another verb) expressing desire to perform the action denoted by the underlying verb, as Sanskrit pi-patiṣ-ati “he wishes to fly” from pát-ati, “he flies.”
- Grammar. a desiderative verb.
Origin of desiderative
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Associated words: desiderative, desideratum, orectic, optative.Putnam's Word Book
Louis A. Flemming
Reduplication was further adapted to the expression of intensity and desire (in the so-called intensive and desiderative forms).
- feeling or expressing desire
- (in certain languages, of a verb) related in form to another verb and expressing the subject's desire or intention to perform the act denoted by the other verb
- a desiderative verb
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