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desired

[dih-zahyuh rd] /dɪˈzaɪərd/
adjective
1.
yearned or wished for; coveted.
2.
deemed correct or proper; selected; required:
The chef added stock until the sauce reached the desired consistency.
Origin of desired
1250-1300
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300; See origin at desire, -ed2
Related forms
undesired, adjective
well-desired, adjective
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  • Ruth received with reluctance these pledges of his undesired affection.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • We count upon a desired future; we do not count upon the undesired.

    English Synonyms and Antonyms James Champlin Fernald
  • He got out, and the Car seemed to hasten away as from an undesired doom.

    Ripeness is All Jesse Roarke
  • A faint bleat, and he gazed at the undesired world with resignation.

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
  • The undesired witnesses took the hint and quitted the store.

    The Lincoln Story Book Henry L. Williams
  • The child who has leave to pluck the apple often leaves it untouched, undesired, on the tree.

    Caper-Sauce Fanny Fern
  • There was something in her that made it ugly, out of rhythm, undesirable, and undesired.

    The Wave Algernon Blackwood
  • What fate had ever driven her forth into this undesired adventure?

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