desiderate

[ dih-sid-uh-reyt ]
/ dɪˈsɪd əˌreɪt /

verb (used with object), de·sid·er·at·ed, de·sid·er·at·ing.

to wish or long for.

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Origin of desiderate

1635–45; <Latin dēsīderātus (past participle of dēsīderāre to long for, require), equivalent to dē-de- + sīder- (stem of sīdus) heavenly body, constellation + -ātus-ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM desiderate

de·sid·er·a·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for desiderate

desiderate
/ (dɪˈzɪdəˌreɪt) /

verb

(tr) to feel the lack of or need for; long for; miss

Derived forms of desiderate

desideration, noun

Word Origin for desiderate

C17: from Latin dēsīderāre, from de- + sīdus star; see desire
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