View synonyms for desired


[ dih-zahyuhrd ]


  1. yearned or wished for; coveted.
  2. deemed correct or proper; selected; required:

    The chef added stock until the sauce reached the desired consistency.

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Other Words From

  • unde·sired adjective
  • well-de·sired adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of desired1

A Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; desire, -ed 2

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Example Sentences

Proposal 1 would change the state’s complex redistricting process to make it easier for the ruling party to pass its desired maps.

The desired result is improved efficiency and allowing people to do higher-value work than paper-pushing, but these bots also could be coming for your job.

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Trying to fine-tune all that to a desired end is not only a form of madness but doomed to failure.

Several posts showed an obvious aggression towards the women he desired.

Only the desired outcome he seeks is the correct one—the work of the grand jury be damned.

As with any negotiation, what matters in the end is getting the desired outcome, not just scoring points along the way.

Once the book was done, he promised Ina, they would finally take the trip to France they had desired for so long.

He desired his secretary to go to the devil, but, thinking better of it, he recalled him as he reached the door.

Particularly was this the case with Davout, who since 1809 had suspected that Berthier desired to ruin his reputation.

I desired the captain would please to accept this ring in return of his civilities, which he absolutely refused.

Each one congratulated himself that his special teachings had accomplished this desired end.

The rest is done by cutting away two upper and four under-teeth, and substituting false ones at the desired angle.





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