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

Definition of desiderate

transitive verb

: to entertain or express a wish to have or attain

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Other Words from desiderate

desideration \ di-​ˌsi-​də-​ˈrā-​shən How to pronounce desideration (audio) , -​ˌzi-​ \ noun
desiderative \ di-​ˈsi-​də-​ˌrā-​tiv How to pronounce desiderative (audio) , -​ˈsi-​d(ə-​)rə-​ , -​ˈzi-​ How to pronounce desiderative (audio) \ adjective

Examples of desiderate in a Sentence

a wide gulf between what they desiderate and what they deserve

First Known Use of desiderate

1645, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for desiderate

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

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The first known use of desiderate was in 1645

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