[ dih-zahyuhr ]
/ dɪˈzaɪər /
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.
a longing or craving, as for something that brings satisfaction or enjoyment: a desire for fame.
an expressed wish; request.
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
1. See wish. 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.
OTHER WORDS FROM desire
de·sired·ly [dih-zahyuhrd-lee, -zahy-rid-], /dɪˈzaɪərd li, -ˈzaɪ rɪd-/, adverbde·sired·ness, nounde·sire·less, adjectivede·sir·er, noun
de·sir·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·de·sire, nounself-de·sire, nounun·de·sir·ing, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for desire
The Love may offer itself; but it cannot abide where the Self-Desire attracteth or imagineth.
They seek it in their Self-Desire, and they meet not with it.
British Dictionary definitions for desire
/ (dɪˈzaɪə) /
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
Other words from desireRelated adjective: orectic
Derived forms of desiredesirer, 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
see leave a lot to be desired.
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