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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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 Here are some more coastal edibles to whet your appetite. Popular Science, "14 wild edibles you can pull right out of the ocean," 19 Oct. 2020 Her compulsion was matched in kind by the media with its voracious appetite to shower her with a never-ending flood of notoriety. Steve West,, "A metaphor for destruction | Opinion," 16 Oct. 2020 His appetite for his work remains because he is not consumed by it. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Carlo Ancelotti Would Like to Talk About Crosby," 16 Oct. 2020 The owner of Louis Vuitton enjoyed an unexpected rebound in consumers’ appetite for dresses and monogram bags, buoying third-quarter sales. Angelina Rascouet,, "Louis Vuitton’s Surprise Growth Helps LVMH Weather Pandemic," 15 Oct. 2020 And so the Free Towners spent years pursuing an aggressive program of governmental takeover and delegitimation, their appetite for litigation matched only by their enthusiasm for cutting public services. Patrick Blanchfield, The New Republic, "The Town That Went Feral," 13 Oct. 2020 As with the podcast, the Netflix production’s aim is to reflect Hirway’s omnivorous appetite for genre-spanning songs. cleveland, "How the hit music podcast ‘Song Exploder’ became a Netflix series," 7 Oct. 2020 It’s a tie-up that makes sense not only because of the e-commerce line—but also because appetite for duty-free spending appears to continue in China, pandemic or not. Lucinda Shen, Fortune, "Alibaba’s making an opportunistic investment in Dufry," 5 Oct. 2020 China’s appetite for old-world finery has buoyed luxury conglomerate LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton into the top 10. Stephen Wilmot, WSJ, "A Bet on Europe Is a Bet on Drugs, Against Tech," 25 Sep. 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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24 Oct 2020

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“Appetite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 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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