desire

[dih-zahyuhr]
verb (used with object), desired, desiring.
1.
to wish or long for; crave; want.
2.
to express a wish to obtain; ask for; request: The mayor desires your presence at the next meeting.
noun
3.
a longing or craving, as for something that brings satisfaction or enjoyment: a desire for fame.
4.
an expressed wish; request.
5.
something desired.
6.
sexual appetite or a sexual urge.

Origin:
1200–50; Middle English desiren < Old French desirer < Latin dēsīderāre; see desiderate

desiredly [dih-zahyuhrd-lee, -zahy-rid-] , adverb
desiredness, noun
desireless, adjective
desirer, noun
desiringly, adverb
overdesire, noun
self-desire, noun
undesiring, adjective


1. covet, fancy. See wish. 2. solicit. 3. aspiration, hunger, appetite, thirst. Desire, craving, longing, yearning suggest feelings that impel one to the attainment or possession of something. Desire is a strong feeling, worthy or unworthy, that impels to the attainment or possession of something that is (in reality or imagination) within reach: a desire for success. Craving implies a deep and imperative wish for something, based on a sense of need and hunger: a craving for food, companionship. A longing is an intense wish, generally repeated or enduring, for something that is at the moment beyond reach but may be attainable at some future time: a longing to visit Europe. Yearning suggests persistent, uneasy, and sometimes wistful or tender longing: a yearning for one's native land.
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desire (dɪˈzaɪə)
 
vb
1.  to wish or long for; crave; want
2.  to express a wish or make a request for; ask for
 
n
3.  a wish or longing; craving
4.  an expressed wish; request
5.  sexual appetite; lust
6.  a person or thing that is desired
 
Related: orectic
 
[C13: from Old French desirer, from Latin dēsīderāre to desire earnestly; see desiderate]
 
de'sirer
 
n

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Word Origin & History

desire
early 13c., from O.Fr. desirer, from L. desiderare "long for, wish for," original sense perhaps "await what the stars will bring," from the phrase de sidere "from the stars," from sidus (gen. sideris) "heavenly body, star, constellation" (but see consider). Noun sense of
"lust" is first recorded mid-14c.
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Idioms & Phrases

desire

see leave a lot to be desired.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
They have no teamwork and no desire to learn this game.
More important was their desire to get back to the basics.
Characterized by a strong desire to gain and possess.
When it comes to the matter of desire, evolution leaves little to chance.
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