1 of 2


: usually intense or unbridled sexual desire : lasciviousness
He was motivated more by lust than by love.
: an intense longing : craving
a lust to succeed
: enthusiasm, eagerness
admired his lust for life
: personal inclination : wish


2 of 2


lusted; lusting; lusts

intransitive verb

: to have an intense desire or need : crave
specifically : to have a sexual urge

Examples of lust in a Sentence

Noun He was consumed by lust. He was driven by a lust for power. Lust for chocolate drew her into the candy store.
Recent Examples on the Web
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Thirsty fangirls like me loved lusting over Word Up! Clover Hope, Pitchfork, 6 Sep. 2023 The desire for a Porsche or a Ferrari is both broad and deep, but to lust after a Lotus is to throw logic and reason out the occasionally malfunctioning power window. Brendan McAleer, Car and Driver, 13 Aug. 2023 Thirst Aid Kit became a safe space for lusting out loud… respectfully. Kathleen Newman-Bremang,, 31 July 2023 The shot is electric with a secondhand lasciviousness — not lust so much as an appreciation of the lust that the screaming fans will soon exude. Vulture, 24 June 2022 Gaunt supermodels curved around rocks, stretching out their sharp and bony bodies, lusting after the ground itself. Charlotte Fox Weber, Time, 23 June 2023 Apple just unveiled a Mac many of you have been lusting after for years: a bigger MacBook Air. Brian Westover, PCMAG, 6 June 2023 The reasonable thing to do would be to just follow the group, but the animal part of me that lusts for adrenaline and speed takes over. Nadine Sander-Green, Outside Online, 11 Oct. 2021 To take the exhibit title at face value, nobody’s lusting possessively after fleece- or foam-covered anything. Lori Waxman, Chicago Tribune, 29 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


Noun and Verb

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German lust pleasure and perhaps to Latin lascivus wanton

First Known Use


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a


12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lust was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Lust.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: sexual desire especially if strong or uncontrolled
: a strong longing : craving


2 of 2 verb
: to have a strong desire : crave
especially : to have a strong sexual desire

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