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 \ ˈa-​pə-​ˌtī-​tiv How to pronounce appetite (audio) \ adjective

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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 The world’s appetite for chips is higher than ever, and that demand is growing rapidly. Forrester, Forbes, "The Global Chip Shortage Won’t Ease Soon," 6 May 2021 Why some writers get this kind of attention—rooted in encompassing appetite rather than in mere admiration—and some do not is hard to know and interesting to contemplate. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "What We Find When We Get Lost in Proust," 3 May 2021 The rise in yields, which were as low as 0.915% at the start of the year, has curbed investor appetite for technology stocks, which often are afforded high price tags based on expectations of growth far into the future. Anna Hirtenstein, WSJ, "Stocks Climb on Stimulus Prospects," 29 Apr. 2021 The dehumanizing and lethal effect of fashion’s culture of disposability and consumer appetite for constant newness became impossible to ignore. Amanda Randone, refinery29.com, "It’s Been 8 Years Since Rana Plaza & Things Are Actually Worse For Asian Factory Workers," 29 Apr. 2021 Fifty more cases of non-viral hepatitis were being investigated, the health district said, with the most common symptoms reported by patients including nausea, vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite and dizziness. Ken Ritter, Star Tribune, "Vegas agency links more liver ailments to 'Real Water' brand," 28 Apr. 2021 Fifty more cases of non-viral hepatitis were being investigated, the health district said, with the most common symptoms reported by patients including nausea, vomiting, fatigue, loss of appetite and dizziness. Ken Ritter, ajc, "Vegas agency links more liver ailments to 'Real Water' brand," 28 Apr. 2021 Leukemia in children may also cause bone or joint pain, swelling of the abdomen, swollen lymph nodes, coughing or trouble breathing, and loss of appetite or weight loss. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "Ashley Cain's 8-Month-Old Daughter Dies of Leukemia—What Are the Signs of Infant Leukemia?," 26 Apr. 2021 Despite risks that the rally may falter in the short term, investors are signaling appetite for metals futures. Fortune, "Price of copper climbs to highest since 2011 as global recovery fuels metal demand," 26 Apr. 2021

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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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10 May 2021

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“Appetite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/appetite. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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 appetite (audio) \ adjective

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