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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But with double-digit inflation and a generally waning appetite for emerging markets, any sign that Turkey intends to loosen its monetary policy could alarm foreign investors, economists say, potentially sending the lira into a tailspin. David Gauthier-villars, WSJ, "New Turkish Finance Minister Vows to Fight Inflation," 13 July 2018 Lionfish have a ferocious appetite — their stomachs can expand to 30 times their natural size — and have no known predators in the Caribbean No one really knows for sure how the lionfish problem began. Mark Rogers, USA TODAY, "Lionfish in the Caribbean: Destructive menace, delicious dinner," 3 July 2018 Verizon is shutting down Go90, a mobile-video app the company launched with some fanfare only three years ago in hope of tapping into a generation of millennials that had displayed a bottomless appetite for video content on their smartphones. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Verizon Kills Go90, Its Mobile-Video App for Millennials, After Millennials Didn't Really Watch It," 29 June 2018 India, a giant neighbour that has in the past waded in to uphold constitutional norms, and which is anxious about growing Chinese influence, has shown no appetite for confrontation. The Economist, "Democracy is foundering in the Maldives," 21 June 2018 Now that appetite for disruption has trickled down to the traditional retail experience. Maghan Mcdowell, San Francisco Chronicle, "Digital native brands test their concepts on SF’s population of early adopters," 6 June 2018 By a figure who has a seemingly bottomless appetite for destruction and division. Daniella Diaz, CNN, "GOP senator on Trump, state of politics: 'We may have hit bottom'," 23 May 2018 Though Zuckerberg was short on answers, what became immediately clear from the members' line of questioning is that European regulators have a far more aggressive appetite for regulating both speech and technology than their American counterparts. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "Zuckerberg Ducks Pointed Questions From the EU Parliament," 22 May 2018 Here's a look at some items on the menu to whet your appetite. Jennie Key,, "Lots of options: West Siders have eat-out options and more are coming," 13 July 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

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