appetite

noun

ap·​pe·​tite ˈa-pə-ˌtīt How to pronounce appetite (audio)
1
: any of the instinctive desires necessary to keep up organic life
especially : the desire to eat
He has a hearty appetite.
2
a
: an inherent craving
an insatiable appetite for work
b
: taste, preference
… the cultural appetites of the time …J. D. Hart
appetitive 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Courtesy of McKinsey There’s a growing appetite for strategic dealmaking. Sheryl Estrada, Fortune, 20 Feb. 2024 Two decades on, the unipolar moment has faded, along with dreams of a better Middle East and American appetite for active international engagement. Gideon Rose, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 For most of the past century, the country’s appetite for size has only grown. Conor Dougherty, New York Times, 17 Feb. 2024 Whether this seems a dicey prospect may hinge less on your appetite for risk and more on your personal background and situation. Iese Business School, Forbes, 15 Feb. 2024 The Bay Area office market in particular has struggled in the face of rising vacancies, tech industry job cuts and a corporate appetite for office space that has dwindled. George Avalos, The Mercury News, 13 Feb. 2024 Truth was likely trolling her interviewers, who kept asking her age, while capitalizing off the appetite some white Americans had for antebellum stories. Cynthia Greenlee, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Feb. 2024 Syrian air defenses themselves are limited, meaning U.S. attacks are unlikely to be opposed, while Russia’s limited presence poses no immediate threat, since Russia has no escalation appetite now that it is wholly occupied brutalizing Ukraine. Seth Cropsey, National Review, 10 Feb. 2024 That historic appetite for this subgenre likely explains why the film was brought to life – just in time for Valentine’s Day, no less – as a kind of counterprogramming to the Super Bowl. Brian Lowry, CNN, 9 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Appetite.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/appetite. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

appetite

noun
ap·​pe·​tite ˈap-ə-ˌtīt How to pronounce appetite (audio)
1
: a natural desire especially for food
2
: taste entry 2 sense 4
an appetite for adventure

Medical Definition

appetite

noun
ap·​pe·​tite ˈap-ə-ˌtīt How to pronounce appetite (audio)
: any of the instinctive desires necessary to keep up organic life
especially : the desire to eat
appetitive adjective

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