- to wish or long for; crave; want.
- to express a wish to obtain; ask for; request: The mayor desires your presence at the next meeting.
- a longing or craving, as for something that brings satisfaction or enjoyment: a desire for fame.
- an expressed wish; request.
- something desired.
- sexual appetite or a sexual urge.
Origin of desire
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Examples from the Web for desire
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)
January 3, 2015
Like many I spoke to, Williams seemed to desire a reorientation of policing, rather than just a reduction.Ground Zero of the NYPD Slowdown
January 1, 2015
This is a testament to the fundamental human—and American—desire to combine place and possibility.Will Texas Stay Texan?
December 29, 2014
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
December 23, 2014
“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
December 21, 2014
I can show it to you, if you desire it, in my father's handwriting.Brave and Bold
All have done their duty well, and to them also I desire to render my thanks.Explorations in Australia
We are aided by all who desire self-government and a voice in deciding their own affairs.
I will go out of my way to caress one who shows any desire to be friendly.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
The desire of man's heart does for him whatever I seem to do.The Intelligence Office (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
- 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
Word Origin and History for desire
early 13c., from Old French desirrer (12c.) "wish, desire, long for," from Latin desiderare "long for, wish for; demand, expect," original sense perhaps "await what the stars will bring," from the phrase de sidere "from the stars," from sidus (genitive sideris) "heavenly body, star, constellation" (but see consider). Related: Desired; desiring.
c.1300, from Old French desir, from desirer (see desire (v.)); sense of "lust" is first recorded mid-14c.
Idioms and Phrases with desire
see leave a lot to be desired.