verb (used with object), de·sired, de·sir·ing.
Origin of desire
Synonyms for desire
Examples from the Web for desiring
Historical Examples of desiring
From desiring the farm, insensibly Crane drifted into coveting the mare.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Then I escaped before the blessing, desiring no benediction at such hands.American Notes
Zola, desiring bread, undertook the task, with results that might have been anticipated.A Zola Dictionary
J. G. Patterson
A man in the darkness, he had whispered "I love you" when she was desiring love.Howards End
E. M. Forster
I have excellent reasons for not desiring to meet Monsieur de Marsac.Bardelys the Magnificent
Word Origin for desire
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.
see leave a lot to be desired.