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[dih-zahyuh rd] /dɪˈzaɪərd/
yearned or wished for; coveted.
deemed correct or proper; selected; required:
The chef added stock until the sauce reached the desired consistency.
Origin of desired
1250-1300; Middle English; see desire, -ed2
Related forms
undesired, adjective
well-desired, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • When we examine this excess of births in detail we find among them a large proportion of undesired and undesirable children.

  • Ruth received with reluctance these pledges of his undesired affection.

    Mistress Wilding Rafael Sabatini
  • The receiving battery, of course, picks up all frequencies, the undesired ones being tuned out in detection.

    The Airlords of Han Philip Francis Nowlan
  • He got out, and the Car seemed to hasten away as from an undesired doom.

    Ripeness is All Jesse Roarke
  • Nor did he thrust his undesired presence on them during their woodland rambles.

    Lad: A Dog Albert Payson Terhune
  • A faint bleat, and he gazed at the undesired world with resignation.

    The Quaint Companions Leonard Merrick
  • Also, if distinction were impossible, even with one transmitter in action its message might go to undesired stations.

    How it Works Archibald Williams
  • The undesired witnesses took the hint and quitted the store.

    The Lincoln Story Book Henry L. Williams

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