Definition of desire in English:


Syllabification: de·sire
Pronunciation: /dəˈzī(ə)r



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  • 1Strongly wish for or want (something): he never achieved the status he so desired (as adjective desired) it failed to create the desired effect
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    • And most of the times we don't know what kind of context we are really providing, no matter how strongly we desire it to be something else.
    • Dates are transposed and video carefully edited to create whatever effect is desired.
    • The restrictions contradict the wishes of researchers desiring public availability.
    want, wish for, long for, yearn for, crave, hanker after, be desperate for, be bent on, covet, aspire to; fancy
    informal have a yen for, have a jones for, yen for, hanker after/for
    required, necessary, proper, right, correct; appropriate, suitable; preferred, chosen, selectedwished for, wanted, coveted; sought-after, longed for, yearned for, long-awaited
    informal must-have
  • 1.1Want (someone) sexually: there had been a time, years ago, when he had desired her
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    • This is starting to form a divide in our relationship - he still desires me sexually and is understandably hurt when I don't reciprocate.
    • How could I get by so thoroughly desiring someone I could never have?
    • We are very vulnerable to anyone who desires us; it's a very powerful thing to be desired by someone, even if we don't think we're interested in that person.
    be attracted to, lust after, burn for, be infatuated by
    informal fancy, have the hots for, have a crush on, be mad about, be crazy about
  • 1.2 archaic Express a wish to (someone); request or entreat.
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    • I went to Mr. Keys, and desired him to go with me.
    • When he perceived me motionless and bleeding, his fears soon got the better of his intoxication; and with the most violent agitation, desired them to carry me into the parlour, exclaiming repeatedly "Who desired him to open the door?"
    • I desired her to persevere, and to return in another week.


Middle English: from Old French desir (noun), desirer (verb), from Latin desiderare (see desiderate).

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