[ dih-sid-er-uh-tiv, -uh-rey-tiv ]
/ dɪˈsɪd ər ə tɪv, -əˌreɪ tɪv /


having or expressing desire.
Grammar. (of a verb derived from another verb) expressing desire to perform the action denoted by the underlying verb, as Sanskrit pi-patiṣ-ati “he wishes to fly” from pát-ati, “he flies.”


Grammar. a desiderative verb.

Origin of desiderative

From the Late Latin word dēsīderātīvus, dating back to 1545–55. See desiderate, -ive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for desiderative

/ (dɪˈzɪdərətɪv) /


feeling or expressing desire
(in certain languages, of a verb) related in form to another verb and expressing the subject's desire or intention to perform the act denoted by the other verb


a desiderative verb
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