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desire

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verb de·sire \di-ˈzī(-ə)r, dē-\

Simple Definition of desire

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

  • : to want to have sex with (someone)

  • : to express a wish for (something)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of desire

desired

desiring

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to long or hope for :  exhibit or feel desire for <desire success>

  3. 2 a :  to express a wish for :  request <they desire an immediate answer> b archaic :  to express a wish to :  ask

  4. 3 obsolete :  invite

  5. 4 archaic :  to feel the loss of

  6. intransitive verb
  7. :  to have or feel desire

Examples of desire in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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>.

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desire

noun de·sire

Simple Definition of desire

  • : 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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of desire

  1. 1 :  conscious impulse toward something that promises enjoyment or satisfaction in its attainment

  2. 2 a :  longing, craving b :  sexual urge or appetite

  3. 3 :  a usually formal request or petition for some action

  4. 4 :  something desired

Examples of desire in a sentence

  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.



14th Century

First Known Use of desire

14th century



DESIRE Defined for Kids

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desire

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verb de·sire \di-ˈzīr\

Definition of desire for Students

desired

desiring

  1. 1 :  to long for :  wish for in earnest <Both sides desire peace.>

  2. 2 :  to express a wish for :  request <The council desires an immediate response.>




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desire

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noun de·sire

Definition of desire for Students

  1. 1 :  a strong wish :  longing <a desire for companionship>

  2. 2 :  something longed for <It was his heart's desire to return home.>




Law Dictionary

desire

transitive verb de·sire

Legal Definition of desire

desired

desiring

  1. :  to wish for earnestly — see also precatory



Additional Notes on desire

Courts have variously interpreted desire in wills to indicate either a direction of the testator that must be followed or merely an expression of what the testator hoped would happen.



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