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desire

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of desire

  1. 1 a strong wish for something a desire for adventure and excitement prompted him to travel to Africa Synonyms of desire appetency, appetite, craving, drive, hankering, hunger, itch, jones [slang], letch, longing, lust, passion, pining, thirst, thirstiness, urge, yearning, yen Words Related to desire compulsion, impulse, impulsion, will, zeal; liking, love, taste, weakness; eagerness, impatience; want, wish; necessity, need, requirement; obsession; acquisitiveness, avarice, avariciousness, avidity, covetousness, cupidity, greed, greediness, rapaciousness, rapacity; cacoëthes, mania Near Antonyms of desire abhorrence, abomination, allergy, averseness, aversion, disfavor, disgust, disinclination, dislike, disliking, distaste, hatred, loathing, nausea, repugnance, repulsion, revulsion; apathy, indifference, insouciance, nonchalance, unconcern

  2. 2 sexual appetite the nude pictures were clearly intended to provoke desire Synonyms of desire concupiscence, eroticism, horniness, hots, itch, lech, letch, libidinousness, lust, lustfulness, lustihood, passion, salaciousness Words Related to desire libido; ardor, heat, rut; erotomania, hypersexuality, lecherousness, lechery, nymphomania, satyriasis; venery Near Antonyms of desire abstinence, celibacy, chastity; frigidity, frigidness

  3. 3 an earnest request at the delegate's desire, the voice vote on the controversial measure was followed by an actual roll call Synonyms of desire adjuration, appeal, conjuration, cry, plea, entreaty, petition, pleading, prayer, solicitation, suit, suppliance, supplicationWords Related to desire application, requisition; call, claim, demand, insistence


desire

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of desire

  1. 1 to have an earnest wish to own or enjoy he greatly desired a new mountain bike for his next birthday Synonyms of desire ache (for), covet, crave, desiderate, die (for), hanker (for or after), hunger (for), itch (for), jones (for) [slang], long (for), lust (for or after), pant (after), pine (for), repine (for), salivate (for), sigh (for), thirst (for), want, wish (for), yearn (for), yen (for) Words Related to desire spoil (for); adore, delight (in), dig, enjoy, fancy, groove (on), like, love, relish, revel (in); favor, prefer; admire, appreciate, cherish, prize, treasure, value Phrases set one's heart on Near Antonyms of desire abhor, abominate, despise, detest, execrate, hate, loathe; decline, refuse, reject, spurn

  2. 2 to make a request for the host desires a response to the dinner invitation by tomorrow Synonyms of desire bespeak, call (for), ask, plead (for), quest, request, seek, solicit, speak (for), sue (for)Words Related to desire apply (for), beg (for), claim, clamor (for), importune, urge, wish (for); demand, enjoin, exact, insist (on), petition (for), press (for), require, requisition; invite, invoke

Synonym Discussion of desire

desire, wish, want, crave, covet mean to have a longing for. desire stresses the strength of feeling and often implies strong intention or aim.
    • desires to start a new life
wish sometimes implies a general or transient longing especially for the unattainable.
    • wishes for permanent world peace
want specifically suggests a felt need or lack.
    • wants to have a family
crave stresses the force of physical appetite or emotional need.
    • craves sweets
covet implies strong envious desire.
    • covets his rise to fame


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