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 As the antagonist, Sir Roger Mortimer, Robbie Gay’s thirst for power knows no boundaries. Patti Restivo, baltimoresun.com, "Stunning ‘E2’ examines intersection of sexuality and power in Howard Community College production," 8 Nov. 2019 And contrary to the negative stereotypes, ambitious people are not miserable or haunted by an unquenchable thirst for more. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Ambition?," 8 Nov. 2019 Doctors reported that 14 percent of their patients suffered pain in their final three days, and smaller percentages experienced fatigue, impaired cognitive functioning, delirium, and thirst or dry throat. Tara Bahrampour, Twin Cities, "Woman chose to end her life by not eating; daughter filmed last days," 4 Nov. 2019 Jessica Nabongo’s thirst for travel has taken her across the globe Name a country. Quinn Gawronski, NBC News, "Nabongo became the first black woman to document her visits to all 193 countries.," 24 Oct. 2019 During the 26th edition of the Eversource Hartford Marathon on Saturday, more than 10,000 runners will combine to rack up an estimated 336 million steps — a slog that will require 9,400 gallons of water to slake the participants’ collective thirst. Chris Brodeur, courant.com, "Planning on attending the 2019 Eversource Hartford Marathon? Here’s everything you need to know," 9 Oct. 2019 Unfortunately for Solskajer, in a world where patience is a rare virtue and the thirst for instant gratification grows ever stronger, that time may be running out. James Masters, CNN, "The nightmare is real for Manchester United ... and it shows no sign of ending," 7 Oct. 2019 Now, driven by the tech industry’s thirst to jump into finance, a new crop of businesses are looking to broker the connections between tech and banks. Julie Verhage, Houston Chronicle, "No banking charter? No problem. Fintechs team up with small-town banks," 27 Sep. 2019 Cohn’s thirst for domination remained unslaked until the very end. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "Roy Cohn and the Making of a Winner-Take-All America," 25 Sep. 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 And Lynn Berry, baltimoresun.com, "Nationals fans rejoice in red as hometown heroes are honored," 2 Nov. 2019 The Red Sox had already tallied a run off Baez and were thirsting for more with Betts at the plate. Jorge Castillo, latimes.com, "Dodgers fall to Red Sox, suffering their fourth loss in a row," 12 July 2019 There has never been, in the history of the major leagues, a GM (or DBO) whose team was in the hunt for the postseason who wasn’t thirsting to make a deal. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Giants, with surplus of lefty relievers, could move Drew Pomeranz: report," 29 July 2019 Giants ace Madison Bumgarner — who will oppose Yu Darvish on Tuesday night in a game expected to attract scouts from many teams thirsting for a front-line starter — clarified the team’s mission last week. Mark Gonzales, chicagotribune.com, "Cubs face a Giants team suddenly pushing for the playoffs rather than planning a sell-off," 22 July 2019 While some fans criticized Jonas' summer body, the majority downright thirsted over the bulkier Jonas, who was vacationing with wife Priyanka Chopra for her 37th birthday. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "Fans praise Nick Jonas' 'dad bod,' shut down body-shaming: 'We love Thick Nick'," 22 July 2019 For Angels fans who thirst for postseason baseball, these are meager offerings. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "You know what that Angels’ sweep of the Dodgers meant? Not much," 12 June 2019 And yes, there are people in the world who only thirst for clean water, frozen or not. Leslie Anne Tarabella, al.com, "An icy lesson of contentment," 18 June 2019 The cast moment was absolutely adorable, but also left me thirsting for more Sabrina drama. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "There Was a "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Love Triangle on the 2019 MTV Movie Awards Red Carpet," 16 June 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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16 Nov 2019

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

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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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