de·​sir·​ous di-ˈzī(-ə)r-əs How to pronounce desirous (audio)
: impelled or governed by desire
desirous of fame
desirously adverb
desirousness noun

Examples of desirous in a Sentence

management is very desirous of finishing the project on time and within budget
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of desirous was in the 14th century

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“Desirous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


de·​sir·​ous di-ˈzī(ə)r-əs How to pronounce desirous (audio)
: eagerly wishing
desirous of an invitation
desirously adverb
desirousness noun

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