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 appetitive (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 While neither Merkel’s bloc nor the Social Democrats have much appetite to subsidize profitable automakers, Altmaier argues that the overall economy can only return to pre-crisis growth levels if the government promotes sales in this key sector. Birgit Jennen,, "Merkel’s Stimulus Sequel May Total as Much as 100 Billion Euros," 29 May 2020 Dangerous Toys’ tattered sway made these Austin, Texas rockers an appealing spin for fans whose appetite for destruction had yet to be satiated. Matt Wake |, al, "15 underrated ’80s debut albums by hard-rock/metal acts," 29 May 2020 But analysts predict TJ Maxx will emerge from the crisis a winner, thanks to consumer appetite for discounts that is only likely to accelerate as people become more cost-conscious. Nathaniel Meyersohn, CNN, "This incredibly popular store is one of the hardest to socially distance in," 29 May 2020 There may not be the political appetite in Congress to prolong the unemployment program, however. Diego Mendoza-moyers,, "San Antonio unemployed workers are slipping through the cracks," 18 May 2020 The pandemic has already shifted regulators' risk appetite. NBC News, "Why have 14,000 people volunteered to be infected with coronavirus?," 6 May 2020 The country can only hope not just that airlines and airports reopen, but that the tourists recover a pre-pandemic appetite for air travel. Ned Temko, The Christian Science Monitor, "No jobs, so what future? Half the world’s workforce on the edge.," 6 May 2020 The options seem to increase appetites and coexist peacefully, much like home cooking and restaurant dining are compatible for food lovers. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan movie theaters, like the film industry, are cautious, but optimistic about reopening timelines," 26 Apr. 2020 Today’s Israeli winemakers are catering to modern appetites with European varieties like merlot, chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon, which taste very different from the wines the biblical kings drank. Yadid Levy, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Wines From Israel’s Negev Desert May Represent the Future of Viticulture," 16 Apr. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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 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


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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