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Meaning of desire by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English desiren, from Old French desir( r )er, from Latin desidero ( “to long for, desire, feel the want of, miss, regret” ), apparently, from de- + sidus ( “a star” ) ( see sidereal ), but the connection of thought is not clear ( perhaps "to wish ( down ) from the stars"? ); compare consider. Compare also desiderate .


    • Rhymes: -aɪə( r )
    • IPA: /dɪˈzaɪə/


    desire ( third-person singular simple present desires present participle desiring, simple past and past participle desired )

    1. More formal or stronger word for want .
      I desire to speak with you .
    2. To put a request to ( someone ); to entreat.
    3. Another word for want, connoting emotion .
      She has been desiring him since they first met .


    desire ( plural: desires )

    1. Someone or something wished for .
      It is my desire to speak with you
      You’re my heart’s desire .
    2. ( uncountable ) Strong attraction, particularly romantic or sexual .
      His desire for her kept him awake at night .
    3. ( uncountable ) The feeling of desire .
      Too much desire can seriously affect one’s judgment .

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    • desire in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • desire in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


Explanation of desire by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. feel or have a desire for

    2. express a desire for

    3. expect and wish

    1. an inclination to want things

    2. a man of many desires
    3. the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state

    4. something that is desired

    Definition of desire by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Desire v. t. [imp. & p. p. Desired ; p. pr. & vb. n. Desiring.] [F. désirer, L. desiderare, origin uncertain, perh. fr. de- + sidus star, constellation, and hence orig., to turn the eyes from the stars. Cf. Consider, and Desiderate, and see Sidereal.]
      1. To long for; to wish for earnestly; to covet.

      Neither shall any man desire thy land. Ex. xxxiv. 24.

      Ye desire your child to live. Tennyson.

      2. To express a wish for; to entreat; to request.

      Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? 2 Kings iv. 28.

      Desire him to go in; trouble him no more. Shak.

      3. To require; to demand; to claim. [Obs.]

      A doleful case desires a doleful song. Spenser.

      4. To miss; to regret. [Obs.]

      She shall be pleasant while she lives, and desired when she dies. Jer. Taylor.

      Syn. -- To long for; hanker after; covet; wish; ask; request; solicit; entreat; beg. -- To Desire, Wish. In desire the feeling is usually more eager than in wish. “I wish you to do this” is a milder form of command than “I desire you to do this,” though the feeling prompting the injunction may be the same. C. J. Smith.

    2. Desire, n. [F. désir, fr. désirer. See Desire, v. t.]
      1. The natural longing that is excited by the enjoyment or the thought of any good, and impels to action or effort its continuance or possession; an eager wish to obtain or enjoy.

      Unspeakable desire to see and know. Milton.

      2. An expressed wish; a request; petition.

      And slowly was my mother brought

      To yield consent to my desire. Tennyson.

      3. Anything which is desired; an object of longing.

      The Desire of all nations shall come. Hag. ii. 7.

      4. Excessive or morbid longing; lust; appetite.

      5. Grief; regret. [Obs.] Chapman.

      Syn. -- Wish; appetency; craving; inclination; eagerness; aspiration; longing.