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desire
American English: /dəˈzaɪ(ə)r/
British English: /dɪˈzʌɪə/

Translation of desire in Spanish:

noun

  • 1 countable (wish) his greatest o heart's desire
    su mayor deseo or [literary] anhelo
    su deseo ferviente
    a desire for something
    deseos (masculine plural) de algo
    a desire to + infinitivehe expressed a desire to see his family
    dijo que tenía deseos de ver a su familia
    dijo que deseaba ver a su familia
    I have no real desire to go into business
    no me entusiasma la idea de dedicarme a los negocios
    Example sentences
    • Given the strong desires of those who wish to maintain the status quo, however, the plan faces an uphill battle before being adopted.
    • When film stars join politics out of strong commitment or a genuine desire to do public good, their credibility is intact.
    • The freedom to share yourself, that is, your passions, your fears, your secret desires, your wishes with others is one of the greatest treasures of mankind.
  • 2 uncountable (lust)
    Example sentences
    • A strong sexual desire, it was contended, should be recognised as a sign of health and energy, both for the individual and for society.
    • When panderers to sexual desire frequent a location, other appetite providers will follow.
    • Fortunately, today there are lots of options for keeping a woman's sexual desire strong.

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (want)
    (happiness/success/approval)
    desear
    it is to be desired
    es de desear
    his conduct leaves a great deal to be desired
    su conducta deja mucho que desear
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2
    also: desired past participle
    deseado
    to have the desired effect
    producir el efecto deseado
    cut the wood to the desired length
    corte la madera a la medida deseada
    1.3 (request) [formal]
    rogar [formal]
    solicitar [formal]
    to desire somebody to + infinitive
    rogar(le) a alguien que + subjunctive
  • 2 (lust after)
    (person)
    desear
    Example sentences
    • 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.

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