1200–50; Middle English desiren
< Old French desirer
< Latin dēsīderāre;
desiredly [dih-zahyuh rd-lee, -zahy-rid-] /dɪˈzaɪərd li, -ˈzaɪ rɪd-/ Show IPA, adverbdesiredness, noundesireless, adjectivedesirer, noundesiringly, adverboverdesire, nounself-desire, nounundesiring, adjective
covet, fancy. See wish
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.
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.