- to wish or long for; crave; want.
- to express a wish to obtain; ask for; request: The mayor desires your presence at the next meeting.
- a longing or craving, as for something that brings satisfaction or enjoyment: a desire for fame.
- an expressed wish; request.
- something desired.
- sexual appetite or a sexual urge.
Origin of desire
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- to wish or long for; crave; want
- to express a wish or make a request for; ask for
- a wish or longing; craving
- an expressed wish; request
- sexual appetite; lust
- a person or thing that is desired
Word Origin and History for desiredness
c.1300, from Old French desir, from desirer (see desire (v.)); sense of "lust" is first recorded mid-14c.
early 13c., from Old French desirrer (12c.) "wish, desire, long for," from Latin desiderare "long for, wish for; demand, expect," original sense perhaps "await what the stars will bring," from the phrase de sidere "from the stars," from sidus (genitive sideris) "heavenly body, star, constellation" (but see consider). Related: Desired; desiring.