- Rhymes: -aɪə( r )
- IPA: /dɪˈzaɪə/
- More formal or stronger word for want .
- To put a request to ( someone ); to entreat.
- Another word for want, connoting emotion .
- Someone or something wished for .
- ( uncountable ) Strong attraction, particularly romantic or sexual .
- ( uncountable ) The feeling of desire .
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 .
Explanation of desire by Wordnet Dictionary
- 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.
- 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.
Definition of desire by GCIDE Dictionary