ap·​pe·​tite | \ˈa-pə-ˌtīt \

Definition of appetite 

1 : any of the instinctive desires necessary to keep up organic life especially : the desire to eat He has a hearty appetite.

2a : an inherent craving an insatiable appetite for work

b : taste, preference … the cultural appetites of the time …— J. D. Hart

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Other Words from appetite

appetitive \ -​ˌtī-​tiv \ adjective

Examples of appetite in a Sentence

He has a healthy appetite. Some common symptoms are tiredness, nausea, and loss of appetite. I had no appetite and couldn't sleep.
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Some critics are aghast at his prices—customers spend, on average, $75,000 to $100,000 in a single visit—and his endless appetite for exotic animal skins. Maer Roshan, Town & Country, "In Beverly Hills and Beyond, Bijan Carries on a Tradition of Excess and Exclusivity," 22 Oct. 2018 From Hulu comes a classic teen thrill ride that will surely satiate your appetite for movies like Prom Night and When a Stranger Calls. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "All the New Halloween Movies and TV Shows Premiering This Month, Ranked by Scariness," 12 Oct. 2018 To feed your appetite for all things TATBILB and to keep you busy until the sequel, here are 12 hilarious and adorable fun facts from the movie. 1. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "12 Surprising Facts from "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" That’ll Change How You See The Movie," 28 Aug. 2018 Some of the group had regained weight, and their appetites, in hospital, Piyasakol said. NBC News, "Boys rescued from Thailand cave to be discharged from hospital on Thursday," 14 July 2018 His appetite for food, wine, music, art, movies, people, conversation, laughter, literature and life was legendary. Mark Swed,, "As a conductor, composer and man, Oliver Knussen was larger than life," 10 July 2018 The answer might vary based on the nature and size of your appetite. Michael Mcgough, sacbee, "A 6-foot-10 NBA center enjoyed Sacramento's cheesiest burger. Here's why he was in town," 9 July 2018 Alas, Palta was stumped looking for tacos in the maze of food trucks that parked on nearby streets, even though deep-fried Oreo cookies satisfied her appetite. Kyle Arnold,, "Fireworks dazzle as Orlando comes together to celebrate Independence Day," 4 July 2018 The Black Rock sirloin, a certified Angus beef steak served on a sizzling stone is a signature item, and comes in four different sizes to match your appetite. Jane Donahue, Naperville Sun, "'On the rocks' takes on new meaning at Naperville grill," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of appetite

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for appetite

Middle English apetit, from Anglo-French, from Latin appetitus, from appetere to strive after, from ad- + petere to go to — more at feather

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English Language Learners Definition of appetite

: a physical desire for food

: a desire or liking for something


ap·​pe·​tite | \ˈa-pə-ˌtīt \

Kids Definition of appetite

1 : a natural desire especially for food

2 : a desire or liking for something an appetite for adventure


ap·​pe·​tite | \ˈap-ə-ˌtīt \

Medical Definition of appetite 

: any of the instinctive desires necessary to keep up organic life especially : the desire to eat

Other Words from appetite

appetitive \ -​ˌtīt-​iv \ adjective

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