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

The finale is quite suspenseful, but people were sharing their understandable thirst for the Dark Lord on Twitter. Gabe Bergado, Teen Vogue, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina," 10 Apr. 2019 Clinique's Moisture Surge range (which includes a CC cream, a thirst-quenching gel, the Best of Beauty Award-winning hydrator, and the original moisturizer), is not-so-secretly one of our first-line defenses against dry skin in need of serious R&R. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Clinique Launches Moisture Surge Eye 96-Hour Hydro-Filler Concentrate to Hydrate Under-Eyes," 1 May 2019 This has been a democratic process, driven by civil society’s thirst for pluralism, tolerance and self-government. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Brazil’s Primal Scream," 6 Jan. 2019 Skin feels bone-dry and no amount of duty-free lotions can quench the #thirst. Karina Hoshikawa, Allure, "Good News, Frequent Flyers: Sunday Riley Is Launching a Skin-Care Kit With United Airlines," 2 Apr. 2019 Even in a grim era of grifters—from the Fyre Festival to New York art world scammer Anna Delvey to Operation Varsity Blues—there is a distinct, undying thirst for Holmes/Theranos content. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Why Are We All So Bloody Obsessed with Elizabeth Holmes and the Theranos Scandal?," 19 Mar. 2019 Side effects also vary by drug but can include itching, rash, excessive thirst, frequent urination, nausea and vomiting, an irregular heartbeat, drowsiness, weight changes, blackouts, loss of coordination, and more, according to the NIMH. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Bipolar Disorder Treatments You Should Know About," 30 Nov. 2018 My baby and me have endured hunger, thirst, fatigue, sun, rain. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Migrant Caravan Makes a Stop in Mexico City," 6 Nov. 2018 Japan’s thirst for gin, though, has gone largely untapped until recently. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Come to Kyoto for the Sake, Stay for the Gin," 17 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Moutai’s sudden descent into its cups will shock foreigners who have thirsted for the stock in recent years, looking for a way to play the growing wealth and clout of Chinese consumers. Andrew Peaple, WSJ, "It’s Time for Moutai Investors to Hit the Bottle," 29 Oct. 2018 In what was probably its least unexpected ruling, written by the least unexpected justice, the Supreme Court on Wednesday delivered a blow to public workers for which the right wing has been thirsting for decades. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "With Janus ruling, Supreme Court seals a 40-year campaign to eviscerate worker rights," 27 June 2018 But even though the fans started de-thirsting early, and leaned on the cerveza fria to combat the sun that was already blazing when the match started at 8 a.m., the crowd was super mellow. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Fans party at Avaya Stadium as they watch Mexico beat South Korea," 23 June 2018 Every bartender is now a mixologist, serving artisanal cocktails (heavy on cassis) to anyone thirsting for a Runny-Nosed Has-Been. Steve Rushin, SI.com, "How the World Has Changed in the 25 Years Since the Final Cheers Episode," 22 May 2018 These are products methodically designed by behavioral scientists employed by the richest companies in the world, working to keep us endlessly engaged, forever thirsting for our next like. Michael Zelenko, The Verge, "There’s no perfect minimalist phone — yet," 3 May 2018 Avicii: True Stories Documentary Avicii was an elusive creature, and fans thirsted for a chance to peek inside his world. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Avicii's Most Memorable Moments: From Madonna to Arenas & More," 20 Apr. 2018 Any traveler thirsting for a combination of culture, relaxation, and a storied history need look no further than Wyoming. Sunset, "Living in the West: The Best of Cowboy Country," 22 Jan. 2018 Players continue to thirst for the feeling of gliding a Lamborghini around a gentle curve rendered as accurately as possible, and only a handful of studios currently has the budget or the infrastructure to keep up. Steven T. Wright, Ars Technica, "Life in (virtual) pit lane: The war stories of video game car design," 28 Apr. 2018

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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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thirst

noun

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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