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thirst

noun \ ˈthərst \

Definition of thirst

1 a :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

Examples of thirst in a Sentence

  1. his thirst for knowledge is evident in his book-filled house

  2. an unquenchable thirst for travel that has led her to the far corners of the globe

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Origin and Etymology of thirst

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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thirst

verb

Definition of thirst

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

thirster

noun

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First Known Use of thirst

before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of thirst

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


THIRST Defined for English Language Learners

thirst

noun

Definition of thirst for English Language Learners

  • : an uncomfortable feeling that is caused by the need for something to drink

  • : a very great need for something to drink

  • : a strong desire for something


thirst

verb

Definition of thirst for English Language Learners

  • : to have or feel a strong desire


THIRST Defined for Kids

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thirst

noun \ ˈthərst \

Definition of thirst for Students

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

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thirst

verb

Definition of thirst for Students

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

Medical Dictionary

thirst

noun \ ˈthərst \

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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