- yearned or wished for; coveted.
- deemed correct or proper; selected; required: The chef added stock until the sauce reached the desired consistency.
Origin of desired
- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for desire on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for desired
Trying to fine-tune all that to a desired end is not only a form of madness but doomed to failure.How Naive is Elizabeth Warren?
December 18, 2014
Several posts showed an obvious aggression towards the women he desired.School Shooters Love This Pickup Artist Website
December 5, 2014
Only the desired outcome he seeks is the correct one—the work of the grand jury be damned.As Michael Brown Grand Jury Winds Down, Is Ferguson on the Brink of War?
November 16, 2014
As with any negotiation, what matters in the end is getting the desired outcome, not just scoring points along the way.It’s Time to Nail the Iran Nuke Deal
Rep. Rush Holt, Kate Gould
October 15, 2014
Once the book was done, he promised Ina, they would finally take the trip to France they had desired for so long.‘The Power Broker’ Turns 40: How Robert Caro Wrote a Masterpiece
September 16, 2014
She awoke Milza, and desired that the household might be summoned.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Her Percival courted with results that left nothing to be desired.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
The daughter of Pharaoh saw the youth and desired him for her husband.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
He was ill, and he desired to speak with his still beloved minister.
I have desired him to inquire after Lovelace's life and conversation in town.Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
- 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 desired
c.1300, from Old French desir, from desirer (see desire (v.)); sense of "lust" is first recorded mid-14c.
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.
Idioms and Phrases with desired
see leave a lot to be desired.