- 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 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
- 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 desiring
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.