appetite

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noun ap·pe·tite \ˈa-pə-ˌtīt\

Definition of appetite

  1. 1 :  any of the instinctive desires necessary to keep up organic life; especially :  the desire to eat He has a hearty appetite.

  2. 2a :  an inherent craving an insatiable appetite for workb :  taste, preference … the cultural appetites of the time … — J. D. Hart

appetitive

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Examples of appetite in a Sentence

  1. He has a healthy appetite.

  2. Some common symptoms are tiredness, nausea, and loss of appetite.

  3. I had no appetite and couldn't sleep.

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Origin and Etymology of appetite

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



APPETITE Defined for English Language Learners

appetite

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Definition of appetite for English Language Learners

  • : a physical desire for food

  • : a desire or liking for something


APPETITE Defined for Kids

appetite

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noun ap·pe·tite \ˈa-pə-ˌtīt\

Definition of appetite for Students

  1. 1 :  a natural desire especially for food

  2. 2 :  a desire or liking for something an appetite for adventure


Medical Dictionary

appetite

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noun ap·pe·tite \ˈap-ə-ˌtīt\

Medical Definition of appetite

  1. :  any of the instinctive desires necessary to keep up organic life; especially :  the desire to eat

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