de·​sir·​ous | \ di-ˈzī(-ə)r-əs How to pronounce desirous (audio) \

Definition of desirous

: impelled or governed by desire desirous of fame

Other Words from desirous

desirously adverb
desirousness noun

Examples of desirous in a Sentence

management is very desirous of finishing the project on time and within budget
Recent Examples on the Web Hardy is said to be desirous of helping others to feel included and to be successful. Eric Walden, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 July 2022 Suppose a firm that is crafting an AI system is desirous of letting the world know about how great their AI is going to be. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 9 June 2022 On the scale between wants and needs, the GrillGun Basic falls on the desirous end of the spectrum. The Editors, Outside Online, 5 Nov. 2020 Given the state of the Texans' rebuild, inquiring about Saints veterans is less desirous. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 18 Mar. 2022 Possibly due to wanting to grab hold of whatever treasures the AI steals, or maybe out of an act of hatred toward other humans and desirous of having the AI wreak havoc. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 13 Mar. 2022 For example, the AI might be desirous of wiping out humans and calculates that by stealing some of our resources this might be more readily accomplishable. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 13 Mar. 2022 The automakers and self-driving car tech firms are desirous of finally making money off their deep investments into the technology. Lance Eliot, Forbes, 7 Mar. 2022 That is a matter of national sentiment, and polls show that in the years since Russia’s seizure of Crimea in 2014, Ukrainians are more desirous than ever of joining the Western alliance. New York Times, 24 Jan. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of desirous

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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14 Jul 2022

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“Desirous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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