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Meaning of DESIRE

Pronunciation:  di'zIr

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an inclination to want things; "a man of many desires"
  2. [n]  the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
  3. [n]  something that is desired
  4. [v]  feel or have a desire for; want strongly; "I want to go home now"; "I want my own room"
  5. [v]  express a desire for
  6. [v]  expect with desire; "I trust you will behave better from now on"; "I hope she understands that she cannot expect a raise"

DESIRE is a 6 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: trust, want
 See Also: ambition, ambition, arousal, aspiration, begrudge, bespeak, bloodlust, call for, caprice, care, concupiscence, crave, craving, dream, envy, fancy, feel like, feeling, go for, greed, hanker, hope, hunger, hunger, impulse, inclination, itch, itch, lech after, like, long, longing, lust, lust after, materialism, miss, need, passion, philistinism, physical attraction, quest, rage, request, seek, sexual desire, spoil, starve, take to, temptation, tendency, thirst, thirst, urge, vagary, want, whim, wish, wish, wish well, wishing, yearn, yearning



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \De*sire"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Desired}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Desiring}.] [F. d['e]sirer, L. desiderare, origin
    uncertain, perh. fr. de- + sidus star, constellation, and
    hence orig., to turn the eyes from the stars. Cf. {Consider},
    and {Desiderate}, and see {Sidereal}.]
    1. To long for; to wish for earnestly; to covet.
             Neither shall any man desire thy land. --Ex. xxxiv.
             Ye desire your child to live.         --Tennyson.
    2. To express a wish for; to entreat; to request.
             Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? --2
                                                   Kings iv. 28.
             Desire him to go in; trouble him no more. --Shak.
    3. To require; to demand; to claim. [Obs.]
             A doleful case desires a doleful song. --Spenser.
    4. To miss; to regret. [Obs.]
             She shall be pleasant while she lives, and desired
             when she dies.                        --Jer. Taylor.
    Syn: To long for; hanker after; covet; wish; ask; request;
         solicit; entreat; beg.
    Usage: To {Desire}, {Wish}. In desire the feeling is usually
           more eager than in wish. ``I wish you to do this'' is
           a milder form of command than ``I desire you to do
           this,'' though the feeling prompting the injunction
           may be the same. --C. J. Smith.
  2. \De*sire"\, n. [F. d['e]sir, fr. d['e]sirer. See
    {Desire}, v. t.]
    1. The natural longing that is excited by the enjoyment or
       the thought of any good, and impels to action or effort
       its continuance or possession; an eager wish to obtain or
             Unspeakable desire to see and know.   --Milton.
    2. An expressed wish; a request; petition.
             And slowly was my mother brought To yield consent to
             my desire.                            --Tennyson.
    3. Anything which is desired; an object of longing.
             The Desire of all nations shall come. --Hag. ii. 7.
    4. Excessive or morbid longing; lust; appetite.
    5. Grief; regret. [Obs.] --Chapman.
    Syn: Wish; appetency; craving; inclination; eagerness;
         aspiration; longing.
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