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desire

[ dih-zahyuhr ]
/ dɪˈzaɪər /
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verb (used with object), de·sired, de·sir·ing.

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.

noun

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.

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Origin of desire

1200–50; Middle English desiren<Old French desirer<Latin dēsīderāre;see desiderate

synonym study for desire

3. Desire, craving, longing, yearning suggest feelings that impel one to the attainment or possession of something. Desire is a strong feeling, worthy or unworthy, that impels to the attainment or possession of something that is (in reality or imagination) within reach: a desire for success. Craving implies a deep and imperative wish for something, based on a sense of need and hunger: a craving for food, companionship. A longing is an intense wish, generally repeated or enduring, for something that is at the moment beyond reach but may be attainable at some future time: a longing to visit Europe. Yearning suggests persistent, uneasy, and sometimes wistful or tender longing: a yearning for one's native land.

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To desire something or someone is to crave or long for them. How is desire different from want and wish? Find out on Thesaurus.com.

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British Dictionary definitions for desire

desire
/ (dɪˈzaɪə) /

verb (tr)

to wish or long for; crave; want
to express a wish or make a request for; ask for

noun

a wish or longing; craving
an expressed wish; request
sexual appetite; lust
a person or thing that is desired

Other words from desire

Related adjective: orectic

Derived forms of desire

desirer, noun

Word Origin for desire

C13: from Old French desirer, from Latin dēsīderāre to desire earnestly; see desiderate
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Idioms and Phrases with desire

desire

see leave a lot to be desired.

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