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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
Related formsde·sid·er·a·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of desiderate

  • That the oneness requires425 proof is prima facie evidence that it is a value, a desiderate, not an existence.

    Creative Intelligence

    John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen

  • And tenderness, too—but does that appear a mawkish thing to desiderate in life?

    Modern Essays

    John Macy

  • We should desiderate a closer approach, and not rest till we had found it.

  • We (they observe) need not deny a designer of the world, but we desiderate evidence of his actual workmanship.

  • Some may desiderate longer notices of German theories concerning the origin and character of the Acts.

British Dictionary definitions for desiderate


  1. (tr) to feel the lack of or need for; long for; miss
Derived Formsdesideration, noun

Word Origin for desiderate

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