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thirst

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noun \ˈthərst\

Simple Definition of thirst

  • : an uncomfortable feeling that is caused by the need for something to drink

  • : a very great need for something to drink

  • : a strong desire for something

Full Definition of thirst

  1. 1a :  a sensation of dryness in the mouth and throat associated with a desire for liquids; also :  the bodily condition (as of dehydration) that induces this sensationb :  a desire or need to drink

  2. 2 :  an ardent desire :  craving, longing <a thirst for success>

Examples of thirst

  1. <his thirst for knowledge is evident in his book-filled house>

  2. <an unquenchable thirst for travel that has led her to the far corners of the globe>



Origin of thirst

Middle English, from Old English thurst; akin to Old High German durst thirst, Latin torrēre to dry, parch, Old Irish tart dryness, thirst, Greek tersesthai to become dry


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with thirst


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thirst

intransitive verb

Simple Definition of thirst

  • : to have or feel a strong desire

Full Definition of thirst

  1. 1 :  to feel thirsty :  suffer thirst

  2. 2 :  to crave vehemently and urgently <thirsted for revenge> <thirsting> after justice

thirst·er noun

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of thirst

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of thirst

long, yearn, hanker, pine, hunger, thirst mean to have a strong desire for something. long implies a wishing with one's whole heart and often a striving to attain <longed for some rest>. yearn suggests an eager, restless, or painful longing <yearned for a stage career>. hanker suggests the uneasy promptings of unsatisfied appetite or desire <always hankering for money>. pine implies a languishing or a fruitless longing for what is impossible <pined for a lost love>. hunger and thirst imply an insistent or impatient craving or a compelling need <hungered for a business of his own> <thirsted for power>.


THIRST Defined for Kids

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thirst

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noun \ˈthərst\

Definition of thirst

  1. 1 :  a feeling of dryness in the mouth and throat that accompanies a need for liquids

  2. 2 :  the bodily condition that produces thirst <die of thirst>

  3. 3 :  a strong desire <a thirst for knowledge>




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thirst

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verb

Definition of thirst

thirst·edthirst·ing

  1. 1 :  to feel a need for liquids

  2. 2 :  to have a strong desire <They thirst for freedom.>




Medical Dictionary

thirst

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noun \ˈthərst\

Medical Definition of thirst

  1. :  a sensation of dryness in the mouth and throat associated with a desire for liquids; also :  the bodily condition (as of dehydration) that induces this sensation





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