thirst

noun
\ ˈthərst How to pronounce thirst (audio) \

Definition of thirst

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a sensation of dryness in the mouth and throat associated with a desire for liquids also : the bodily condition (as of dehydration) that induces this sensation
b : a desire or need to drink
2 : an ardent desire : craving, longing a thirst for success

thirst

verb
thirsted; thirsting; thirsts

Definition of thirst (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to feel thirsty : suffer thirst
2 : to crave vehemently and urgently thirsted for revenge thirsting after justice

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Verb

thirster noun

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Verb

long, yearn, hanker, pine, hunger, thirst mean to have a strong desire for something. long implies a wishing with one's whole heart and often a striving to attain. longed for some rest yearn suggests an eager, restless, or painful longing. yearned for a stage career hanker suggests the uneasy promptings of unsatisfied appetite or desire. always hankering for money pine implies a languishing or a fruitless longing for what is impossible. pined for a lost love hunger and thirst imply an insistent or impatient craving or a compelling need. hungered for a business of his own thirsted for power

Examples of thirst in a Sentence

Noun his thirst for knowledge is evident in his book-filled house an unquenchable thirst for travel that has led her to the far corners of the globe
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Others are quenching public thirst for live classical music with solo or collaborative performances. Zachary Lewis, cleveland, "Cleveland Orchestra musicians find new ways to connect with listeners during coronavirus," 18 May 2020 The target: Chrissy Teigen, who demonstrated that thirst traps can be both extremely gorgeous and extremely funny with the below video on Saturday. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen Had the Best Response to Body-Shamers on Twitter," 27 Apr. 2020 Rather than relying on beer to quench customers’ thirst, rice wine reigns supreme, and there’s enough variety to really test where the traditional drink falls on your personal beverage hierarchy. The Know, The Denver Post, "Review: Fortune Wok to Table, a hidden gem in Cherry Creek, is best enjoyed at lunch," 18 Sep. 2019 For one thing, there was their curiosity, their craving for the new, as fundamental to our condition as hunger or thirst. Hanya Yanagihara, New York Times, "The Silk Road’s Enduring Romance, and Eternal Influence," 11 May 2020 To seek asylum in the U.S., Africans fly to South America and travel north by land, on journeys where many get robbed or die from hunger and thirst. Peter Orsi, Washington Post, "Trump allies in Americas block Africans’ path to US asylum," 3 Mar. 2020 Check out the live music and street performers; when hunger and thirst strike, head to the food trucks and visit the beer and wine gardens. azcentral, "What is there to do in Phoenix in March? Here are the best food, art and music festivals," 25 Feb. 2020 And if participants work up a hunger or thirst during the session, food and drink can be ordered from Pastiche Bistro. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Learn how to make a gingerbread house at Pastiche at the Metro in December," 25 Nov. 2019 The hypothalamus—an almond-sized region near the base of the brain—helps regulate vital sensory data such as metabolism, sleep, temperature, hunger, thirst, and, emotions. Rod Mccullom, Quartz, "How bullying may shape adolescent brains," 7 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Nationals got a hero's welcome home from tens of thousands of people in a city that had thirsted for a baseball champion for nearly a century. Carole Feldman, chicagotribune.com, "Washington celebrates Nationals’ World Series championship with parade and rally," 2 Nov. 2019 Welcome to the future indeed, where nudes abound and thirst trapping for a good cause is no longer a taboo way of life. Jason Parham, Wired, "Plz Donate in Exchange for Celebrity Nudes," 22 Apr. 2020 Many thirsted for and thrived in the company of others. Dan Barry, New York Times, "‘Everything Is a Black Hole’: Mounting Dread in the Age of Coronavirus," 15 Mar. 2020 Similar claims could be made at numerous schools thirsting for national validation, places like Dayton and San Diego State, as well as March mainstays like Kansas, Kentucky and Duke. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "College basketball does what was once unthinkable, then inevitable — and ultimately right," 12 Mar. 2020 The Wolf of Oren-Yaro is a high-fantasy thrill ride that fans of the genre will appreciate, particularly those thirsting for a strong female main character. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Ars To-Be-Read: Five books we’re most excited to read in 2020," 29 Dec. 2019 Can one heavyweight rule the roost and give boxing the champion — and division — the sport has been thirsting for all these years? Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury II (2/22/2020) time, channel, live stream; watch championship fight online," 21 Feb. 2020 Bella Hadid however, is all oiled up and thirst trapping with the best of them. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Bella Hadid Just Posted Full Underboob On Instagram," 30 Dec. 2019 The Wolf of Oren-Yaro is a high-fantasy thrill ride that fans of the genre will appreciate, particularly those thirsting for a strong female main character. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Ars To-Be-Read: Five books we’re most excited to read in 2020," 29 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of thirst

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for thirst

Noun

Middle English, from Old English thurst; akin to Old High German durst thirst, Latin torrēre to dry, parch, Old Irish tart dryness, thirst, Greek tersesthai to become dry

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The first known use of thirst was before the 12th century

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31 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Thirst.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/thirst. Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for thirst

thirst

noun
How to pronounce thirst (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of thirst

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an uncomfortable feeling that is caused by the need for something to drink
: a very great need for something to drink
literary : a strong desire for something

thirst

verb

English Language Learners Definition of thirst (Entry 2 of 2)

literary : to have or feel a strong desire

thirst

noun
\ ˈthərst How to pronounce thirst (audio) \

Kids Definition of thirst

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a feeling of dryness in the mouth and throat that accompanies a need for liquids
2 : the bodily condition that produces thirst die of thirst
3 : a strong desire a thirst for knowledge

thirst

verb
thirsted; thirsting

Kids Definition of thirst (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to feel a need for liquids
2 : to have a strong desire They thirst for freedom.

thirst

noun
\ ˈthərst How to pronounce thirst (audio) \

Medical Definition of thirst

: a sensation of dryness in the mouth and throat associated with a desire for liquids also : the bodily condition (as of dehydration) that induces this sensation

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