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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
Recent Examples on the Web For the bored, desirous quarantine viewer, the movie is simply a blank canvas. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "Why People Are Obsessed With a Terrible Polish Erotic Thriller," 26 June 2020 Everywhere in his poetry there are signs of this carrying on—mixtures of the deliberative and the desirous. Matthew Bevis, Harper's Magazine, "Faintly Risible, Obscurely Resonant," 23 June 2020 Even as a young woman my mother had always been a gallus thing: a chancer, gregarious, desirous of any shiny bauble. Douglas Stuart, The New Yorker, "Found Wanting," 6 Jan. 2020 The media has been very desirous that a black quarterback do well. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, "Rush Limbaugh now has a Presidential Medal of Freedom. Here are just 20 of the outrageous things he's said," 6 Feb. 2020 PiggyBee, based near Brussels, and Grabr, with offices in Moscow, New York and San Francisco, operate worldwide, linking consumers desirous of products only available—or cheaper—overseas with international passengers headed their way. The Economist, "Crowdshipping is the next stop for the sharing economy," 3 Oct. 2019 But the Chinese government seemed desirous of limiting the fallout. The Economist, "Donald Trump admits to putting the world through a “rough patch”," 29 Aug. 2019 For people who work downtown, the most desirous high-end neighborhoods are in the Inner Loop. Nancy Keates, WSJ, "How Harvey Transformed House-Hunting in Houston," 24 Oct. 2018 Libra longs to rarify, purify, and create romantic castles in the sky, while Scorpio labors in the scullery with the creepy crawlers, pushing us to penetrate our desirous depths with no shame. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Monthly Lovescopes October 2018," 3 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of desirous

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Desirous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of desirous

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

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