appetite

appetite

[ap-i-tahyt]
noun
1.
a desire for food or drink: I have no appetite for lunch today.
2.
a desire to satisfy any bodily need or craving.
3.
a desire or liking for something; fondness; taste: an appetite for power; an appetite for pleasure.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English appetit (< Anglo-French) < Latin appetītus natural desire, equivalent to appetī- (variant stem of appetere; see appetence) + -tus suffix of v. action

apatite, appetite.


1–3. longing, hunger. 1, 3. thirst. 2. inclination, wish. 3. relish, gusto, zest.


1–3. satiety.
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appetite (ˈæpɪˌtaɪt)
 
n
1.  a desire for food or drink
2.  a desire to satisfy a bodily craving, as for sexual pleasure
3.  (usually foll by for) a desire, liking, or willingness: a great appetite for work
 
[C14: from Old French apetit, from Latin appetītus a craving, from appetere to desire ardently]
 
appetitive
 
adj

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appetite
c.1300, "craving for food," from Anglo-Fr. appetit, O.Fr. apetit, from L. appetitus "appetite," lit. "desire toward," from appetitus, pp. of appetere "to long for, desire" from ad- "to" + petere "go to, seek out" (see petition).
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appetite ap·pe·tite (āp'ĭ-tīt')
n.
An instinctive physical desire, as for food or sex.

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appetite

see whet one's appetite

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