appetite

noun
ap·​pe·​tite | \ ˈa-pə-ˌtīt How to pronounce appetite (audio) \

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 How to pronounce appetitive (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for appetite

Synonyms

belly, emptiness, famishment, hunger, munchies, stomach

Antonyms

inappetence

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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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Recent Examples on the Web

But the result holds only if risk appetite is unchanging and stock prices are unpredictable. The Economist, "Robert Merton and the effect of time on portfolio choice," 15 June 2019 It is believed that the disruption in release of hormones related to sleep and appetite may be involved. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Uh Oh, Sleeping with the TV on May Lead to Weight Gain," 11 June 2019 California voters’ appetite for new taxes remains an open question. John Woolfolk, The Mercury News, "More than $2 billion in new state taxes even with $21 billion budget surplus?," 10 June 2019 Exactly how is uncertain but scientists think disruption in release of hormones related to sleep and appetite may be involved. Lindsey Tanner, BostonGlobe.com, "Sleeping with the TV on may make you gain weight," 10 June 2019 WASHINGTON - Despite efforts by the Trump administration to revive the U.S. coal industry, the nation's appetite for coal continues its long decline. James Osborne, Houston Chronicle, "Coal consumption continues to drop, despite Trump's efforts," 10 June 2019 Exactly how is uncertain but scientists think disruption in release of hormones related to sleep and appetite may be involved. NBC News, "Sleeping with the TV on may lead to weight gain, study suggests," 10 June 2019 Next, add some whole hot peppers or dried pepper seasonings to your meals, to take advantage of their calorie-boosting, appetite-suppressing benefits. Cynthia Sass, Rd, Health.com, "Can the Satiating Diet Help You Lose Weight? Here's What a Nutritionist Thinks," 10 June 2019 But there’s also little doubt that the same admiration that has helped to protect dolphins from humanity’s voracious appetites in some places around the world, has also ended up creating problems for the beautiful beasts. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Our love of dolphins is not always good for them," 8 June 2019

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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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The first known use of appetite was in the 14th century

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appetite

noun

English Language Learners Definition of appetite

: a physical desire for food
: a desire or liking for something

appetite

noun
ap·​pe·​tite | \ ˈa-pə-ˌtīt How to pronounce appetite (audio) \

Kids Definition of appetite

1 : a natural desire especially for food
2 : a desire or liking for something an appetite for adventure

appetite

noun
ap·​pe·​tite | \ ˈap-ə-ˌtīt How to pronounce appetite (audio) \

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 How to pronounce appetitive (audio) \ adjective

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