de·​sir·​ous | \di-ˈzī(-ə)r-əs \

Definition of desirous 

: impelled or governed by desire desirous of fame

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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

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Former athletic director Jeff Long, who declined comment, was generally seen as desirous of moving the games to Fayetteville. George Schroeder, USA TODAY, "Arkansas weighs history and money in decision to stay or leave games in Little Rock," 13 Apr. 2018 The defendant has family and friends who are desirous of assisting in the posting of bond,'' Robbins wrote. Carol Robinson,, "Jeff West's lawyer: Was Kat West's 'double life' connected to her death?," 26 Feb. 2018 Right away, the judgmental gaze — desirous or invasive, concerned, indifferent or contemptuous — is established as an underlying motif. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Hard Paint' ('Tinta brutta'): Film Review | Berlin 2018," 20 Feb. 2018 Some stories are classic film noir-style, in which an unscrupulous woman leads a desirous man to his own destruction. Susan Dunne,, "Amy Bloom Edits Short-Story Compilation About New Haven's Dark Side," 7 Aug. 2017 Ferguson profiles as a 3-and-D piece in a league filled with teams increasingly desirous of them. The Si Staff,, "2017 NBA Draft: Ranking Best Wings Available," 20 June 2017 Seattle Partners now includes Victor Coleman, owner of Hudson Pacific and long desirous of owning an NHL team. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "It’s time for Chris Hansen and Sodo arena supporters to face reality," 1 June 2017 Military leaders are now looking to force the hand of a new president, one who seems to be even more desirous of the approval of his military leaders but who also came to office with a track record of opposing U.S. military interventions. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Trump at Afghan crossroads," 9 May 2017 The riding schools now open are too limited to accommodate the hundreds of persons who are desirous of learning. Tammy La Gorce, New York Times, "When a Swarm of Velocipedes Overtook New York," 10 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of desirous

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of desirous

: wanting or wishing for something very much : feeling desire for something

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