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desired

[dih-zahyuh rd] /dɪˈzaɪərd/
adjective
1.
yearned or wished for; coveted.
2.
deemed correct or proper; selected; required:
The chef added stock until the sauce reached the desired consistency.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see desire, -ed2
Related forms
undesired, adjective
well-desired, adjective

desire

[dih-zahyuh r] /dɪˈzaɪər/
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
Related forms
desiredly
[dih-zahyuh rd-lee, -zahy-rid-] /dɪˈzaɪərd li, -ˈzaɪ rɪd-/ (Show IPA),
adverb
desiredness, noun
desireless, adjective
desirer, noun
desiringly, adverb
overdesire, noun
self-desire, noun
undesiring, adjective
Synonyms
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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Examples from the web for desired
  • Ideas were carefully sketched out, and the insects were arranged into the desired configurations.
  • Cut the dough with a dough cutter or knife into desired thickness.
  • The exhibition has provoked another desired response, though.
  • Then raise the speed to medium-high or high until you reach the desired stiffness.
  • The device scours the ocean floor and videotapes the desired area, sparing the cost and danger of sending out a diver.
  • To achieve his desired effect he developed a novel technique.
  • It seems to me the authorities left a lot to be desired in their proceedings.
  • For even spacing, measure the distance between plants with a piece of wood of the desired length.
  • Move the projector forward or back until the pattern on the canvas is the desired size.
  • We chose a liquid yeast, which comes in a package of wort with a bubble inside containing the desired yeast strain.
British Dictionary definitions for desired

desire

/dɪˈzaɪə/
verb (transitive)
1.
to wish or long for; crave; want
2.
to express a wish or make a request for; ask for
noun
3.
a wish or longing; craving
4.
an expressed wish; request
5.
sexual appetite; lust
6.
a person or thing that is desired
related
adjective orectic
Derived Forms
desirer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French desirer, from Latin dēsīderāre to desire earnestly; see desiderate
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Word Origin and History for desired

desire

v.

early 13c., from Old French desirrer (12c.) "wish, desire, long for," from Latin desiderare "long for, wish for; demand, expect," original sense perhaps "await what the stars will bring," from the phrase de sidere "from the stars," from sidus (genitive sideris) "heavenly body, star, constellation" (but see consider). Related: Desired; desiring.

n.

c.1300, from Old French desir, from desirer (see desire (v.)); sense of "lust" is first recorded mid-14c.

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