desiderative

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

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.”

noun

Grammar. a desiderative verb.

Nearby words

  1. desiccated,
  2. desiccation,
  3. desiccator,
  4. desiderata,
  5. desiderate,
  6. desideratum,
  7. desiderium,
  8. design,
  9. designate,
  10. designated

Origin of desiderative

From the Late Latin word dēsīderātīvus, dating back to 1545–55. See desiderate, -ive

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British Dictionary definitions for desiderative

desiderative

/ (dɪˈzɪdərətɪv) /

adjective

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

noun

a desiderative verb
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