de·​sid·​er·​ate di-ˈsi-də-ˌrāt How to pronounce desiderate (audio) -ˈzi- How to pronounce desiderate (audio)
desiderated; desiderating

transitive verb

: to entertain or express a wish to have or attain
desideration noun
desiderative adjective

Examples of desiderate in a Sentence

a wide gulf between what they desiderate and what they deserve

Word History


Latin desideratus, past participle of desiderare to desire — more at desire

First Known Use

1645, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of desiderate was in 1645

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Cite this Entry

“Desiderate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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