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

Definition of appetite in English:


1A natural desire to satisfy a bodily need, especially for food: he has a healthy appetite [mass noun]: they suffered from loss of appetite
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  • 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.
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
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  • 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.
need, demand, urge, addiction, itch, ache;
enthusiasm, keenness, eagerness;
desire, liking, fancy, inclination, propensity, proclivity, partiality
informal yen
formal appetency


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

  • ‘Seeking’ and ‘desire’ are involved in appetite, which comes via Old French from Latin appetitus ‘desire for’, from appetere ‘seek after’.

Words that rhyme with appetite

magnetite • stalactite

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