Definition of appetite in English:

appetite

Line breaks: ap¦pe|tite
Pronunciation: /ˈapɪtʌɪt
 
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noun

1A natural desire to satisfy a bodily need, especially for food: he has a healthy appetite [mass noun]: they suffered from loss of appetite
More example sentences
  • We can choose to satisfy out appetites with healthy food, eating when we are hungry and stopping when we are full.
  • Just at this time he made a discovery that helped him satisfy their new appetite for solid food.
  • These characters will do anything to satisfy their appetites, whether for food, drink, or sex.
Synonyms
hunger, ravenousness, hungriness, need for food; taste, palate; desire, relish; voracity, greed, gluttony, stomach
rare edacity, esurience
1.1A strong desire or liking for something: her appetite for life
More example sentences
  • The strong appetite for a piece of Ireland was often shallow, faddish and dishonest.
  • One had appetites and ambitions, talents and desires, capacities and potential, drive and vision, questions and curiosity.
  • Rather something arouses us and accustoms our appetites and our desires to that which expands our longing.
Synonyms
craving, longing, yearning, hankering, hunger, thirst, passion, relish, lust, love, zest, gusto, avidity, ardour; need, demand, urge, addiction, itch, ache; enthusiasm, keenness, eagerness; desire, liking, fancy, inclination, propensity, proclivity, partiality
informal yen
formal appetency

Origin

Middle English: from Old French apetit (modern appétit), from Latin appetitus 'desire for', from appetere 'seek after', from ad- 'to' + petere 'seek'.

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