a longing or craving, as for something that brings satisfaction or enjoyment: a desire for fame.
an expressed wish; request.
sexual appetite or a sexual urge.
- de·sired·ly [dih-zahyuhrd-lee, -zahy-rid-], /dɪˈzaɪərd li, -ˈzaɪ rɪd-/, adverb
- de·sired·ness, noun
- de·sire·less, adjective
- de·sir·er, noun
- de·sir·ing·ly, adverb
- o·ver·de·sire, noun
- self-de·sire, noun
- un·de·sir·ing, adjective
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How to use desire in a sentence
While liberal in her own beliefs, the speaker has routinely put the needs of her so-called Majority Makers over the desires of the left.Trump moves closer to Pelosi in economic aid talks, and House speaker must decide next move | Rachael Bade, Erica Werner | September 17, 2020 | Washington Post
Lorson told Voice of San Diego she’s heard some folks mention desire for community forums but is concerned about coronavirus social distancing regulations and said some people may not be comfortable voicing their opinions in a public setting.Oceanside Is Rethinking Its Police Chief Hiring Process Following Community Concerns | Kayla Jimenez | September 14, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
A massive number of voters are expected to vote by mail, at least partially driven by a desire to avoid contracting the coronavirus.How Google, Facebook, and Twitter plan to handle misinformation surrounding 2020 presidential election results | Danielle Abril | September 10, 2020 | Fortune
It often feels like one is talking to a human with beliefs and desires.Welcome to the Next Level of Bullshit - Issue 89: The Dark Side | Raphaël Millière | September 9, 2020 | Nautilus
They evinced a pervasive desire to be involved in shaping solutions in the long-term interests of the organizations.CEOs should stop worrying and learn to love employee activism | Alison Taylor | September 9, 2020 | Quartz
Obviously, not all the original cast can come back or even have the desire.Juiciest ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Rumors (and Some Debunked Ones) | Rich Goldstein | January 3, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Like many I spoke to, Williams seemed to desire a reorientation of policing, rather than just a reduction.
This is a testament to the fundamental human—and American—desire to combine place and possibility.
But I have no desire to go on casting calls or any of that stuff.Anastasia Ashley, Surfer-Cum-Model, Rides The Viral Internet Wave | James Joiner | December 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
“We have always had every desire to let the American public see this movie,” Lynton said.Inside Sony’s ‘Pineapple Express 2 Drama’: Leaked Emails Reveal Fight Over Stoner Comedy Sequel | William Boot | December 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
With every allusion that Ramona made to the saints' statues, Alessandro's desire to procure one for her deepened.Ramona | Helen Hunt Jackson
To others the fierce desire for social justice obliterates all fear of a general catastrophe.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice | Stephen Leacock
As Perker said this, he looked towards the door, with an evident desire to render the leave-taking as brief as possible.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2) | Charles Dickens
"She used to be so well—so bright," said Angela, who also appeared to have the desire to say something kind and comfortable.Confidence | Henry James
What more could one desire of him, I pray, Than just to hop around and stand for K?
British Dictionary definitions for desire
to wish or long for; crave; want
to express a wish or make a request for; ask for
a wish or longing; craving
an expressed wish; request
sexual appetite; lust
a person or thing that is desired
- Related adjective: orectic
- desirer, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with desire
see leave a lot to be desired.
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