verb de·sire \di-ˈzī(-ə)r, dē-\

: to want or wish for (something) : to feel desire for (something)

: to want to have sex with (someone)

: to express a wish for (something)


Full Definition of DESIRE

transitive verb
:  to long or hope for :  exhibit or feel desire for <desire success>
a :  to express a wish for :  request <they desire an immediate answer>
b archaic :  to express a wish to :  ask
obsolete :  invite
archaic :  to feel the loss of
intransitive verb
:  to have or feel desire

Examples of DESIRE

  1. He desired her approval more than anything.
  2. The apartment has modern amenities, a great location—everything you could desire.
  3. She knew that men still desired her.

Origin of DESIRE

Middle English, from Anglo-French desirer, from Latin desiderare, from de- + sider-, sidus heavenly body
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of DESIRE

desire, wish, want, crave, covet mean to have a longing for. desire stresses the strength of feeling and often implies strong intention or aim <desires to start a new life>. wish sometimes implies a general or transient longing especially for the unattainable <wishes for permanent world peace>. want specifically suggests a felt need or lack <wants to have a family>. crave stresses the force of physical appetite or emotional need <craves sweets>. covet implies strong envious desire <covets his rise to fame>.



: the feeling of wanting something

: a strong wish : a wish for something or to do something

: a feeling of wanting to have sex with someone

Full Definition of DESIRE

:  conscious impulse toward something that promises enjoyment or satisfaction in its attainment
a :  longing, craving
b :  sexual urge or appetite
:  a usually formal request or petition for some action
:  something desired

Examples of DESIRE

  1. Desire is a common theme is music and literature.
  2. The magazine tries to attend to the needs and desires of its readers.
  3. Both sides feel a real desire for peace.
  4. His decisions are guided by his desire for land.
  5. They expressed a desire to go with us.
  6. They have a desire to have children.
  7. a strong desire to travel around the world
  8. He was overcome with desire for her.

First Known Use of DESIRE

14th century

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal


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