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

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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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 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

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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

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

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