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desire

[dih-zahyuh r]
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verb (used with object), de·sired, de·sir·ing.
  1. to wish or long for; crave; want.
  2. to express a wish to obtain; ask for; request: The mayor desires your presence at the next meeting.
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noun
  1. a longing or craving, as for something that brings satisfaction or enjoyment: a desire for fame.
  2. an expressed wish; request.
  3. something desired.
  4. sexual appetite or a sexual urge.
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Origin of desire

1200–50; Middle English desiren < Old French desirer < Latin dēsīderāre; see desiderate
Related formsde·sired·ly [dih-zahyuh rd-lee, -zahy-rid-] /dɪˈzaɪərd li, -ˈzaɪ rɪd-/, adverbde·sired·ness, nounde·sire·less, adjectivede·sir·er, nounde·sir·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·de·sire, nounself-de·sire, nounun·de·sir·ing, adjective

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1. covet, fancy. 2. solicit. 3. aspiration, hunger, appetite, thirst.

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1. See wish. 3. Desire, craving, longing, yearning suggest feelings that impel one to the attainment or possession of something. Desire is a strong feeling, worthy or unworthy, that impels to the attainment or possession of something that is (in reality or imagination) within reach: a desire for success. Craving implies a deep and imperative wish for something, based on a sense of need and hunger: a craving for food, companionship. A longing is an intense wish, generally repeated or enduring, for something that is at the moment beyond reach but may be attainable at some future time: a longing to visit Europe. Yearning suggests persistent, uneasy, and sometimes wistful or tender longing: a yearning for one's native land.
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Examples from the Web for desiring

Historical Examples

  • From desiring the farm, insensibly Crane drifted into coveting the mare.

    Thoroughbreds

    W. A. Fraser

  • Then I escaped before the blessing, desiring no benediction at such hands.

    American Notes

    Rudyard Kipling

  • Zola, desiring bread, undertook the task, with results that might have been anticipated.

    A Zola Dictionary

    J. G. Patterson

  • A man in the darkness, he had whispered "I love you" when she was desiring love.

    Howards End

    E. M. Forster

  • I have excellent reasons for not desiring to meet Monsieur de Marsac.


British Dictionary definitions for desiring

desire

verb (tr)
  1. to wish or long for; crave; want
  2. to express a wish or make a request for; ask for
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noun
  1. a wish or longing; craving
  2. an expressed wish; request
  3. sexual appetite; lust
  4. a person or thing that is desired
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Related formsRelated adjective: orectic
Derived Formsdesirer, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French desirer, from Latin dēsīderāre to desire earnestly; see desiderate
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Word Origin and History for desiring

desire

n.

c.1300, from Old French desir, from desirer (see desire (v.)); sense of "lust" is first recorded mid-14c.

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desire

v.

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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with desiring

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