Definition of desiderate in English:


Line breaks: de¦sid|er¦ate
Pronunciation: /dɪˈzɪdəreɪt
, -ˈsɪd-/


[with object] archaic
  • Feel a keen desire for (something lacking or absent): I desiderate the resources of a family
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    • 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.

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