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 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

Neither Israel nor Hezbollah appears to have the appetite for a war. CNN, "For a week, Israel and Lebanon seemed on the brink of war. But neither has the appetite for it," 3 Sep. 2019 The Australians have an incredible appetite for live music and our mission is to continuing bringing them great concerts and festivals and to develop venues that enhance that live music experience. Lars Brandle, Billboard, "Live Nation's Alan Ridgeway Talks Fortitude Music Hall and Australia's Live Scene: 'No Signs of Letting Up'," 27 Aug. 2019 Wall Street, and the public in general, appear to have an appetite for meat alternatives as Beyond Meat's chief rival, Impossible Foods, launched an Impossible Whopper earlier this year. David K. Li, NBC News, "KFC testing Beyond Meat at a suburban Atlanta restaurant," 26 Aug. 2019 This country has an insatiable appetite for narcotics. John Wenzel, The Know, "Colorado Springs-based “Homicide Hunter” sets finale as Lt. Joe Kenda eyes next TV project," 25 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, Macy’s said last week that its shoppers don’t have an appetite for higher prices in a ballooning U.S. trade war with China. Anne D'innocenzio, chicagotribune.com, "In age of Amazon, some retailers prospering — and some feel the pain," 22 Aug. 2019 Macy’s said last week that its shoppers don’t have an appetite for higher prices caused by the trade war. Los Angeles Times, "Some retailers are thriving. Others, flailing. There’s not much in between," 21 Aug. 2019 Meanwhile, Macy's said last week that its shoppers don't have an appetite for higher prices in a ballooning U.S. trade war with China. Dallas News, "Retail earnings show big box, off-price brands are winning while mall stores struggle," 21 Aug. 2019 Macy’s also raised another red flag: shoppers don’t have an appetite for higher prices in a ballooning US trade war with China. BostonGlobe.com, "GE, unions, reach agreement on new contract," 15 Aug. 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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