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desiderate Line breaks: de¦sid|er¦ate
Pronunciation: /dɪˈzɪdəreɪt/

Definition of desiderate in English:


[with object] archaic
Feel a keen desire for (something lacking or absent): I desiderate the resources of a family
More example sentences
  • Here again I would stress that the attention which is desiderated in connection with the bodily function must be some close and intimate service to the person or claimant.
  • The woman translating in our earphones was so thickly Russian-accented and unable to keep up as to make a translator of the translator strongly desiderated.
  • It is not an absolute clarity or an absolute absence of any possible ambiguity which is desiderated.


Mid 17th century: from Latin desiderat- 'desired', from the verb desiderare, perhaps from de- 'down' + sidus, sider- 'star'. Compare with consider.

Words that rhyme with desiderate

moderate • considerate
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