Definitions for desiredɪˈzaɪər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•sire*dɪˈzaɪər(v.; n.)-sired, -sir•ing

  1. (v.t.)to wish or long for; crave; want.

  2. to ask for; solicit; request:

    The mayor desires your presence at the meeting.

  3. (n.)a longing or craving, as for something that brings satisfaction; hunger.

  4. an expressed wish; request.

  5. something desired.

  6. sexual appetite or a sexual urge.

* Syn: desire , craving , longing , yearning suggest feelings that impel a person to the attainment or possession of something. desire is a strong wish, worthy or unworthy, for something that is or seems to be within reach: a desire for success. craving implies a deep and compelling wish for something, arising from a feeling of (literal or figurative) hunger: a craving for food; a craving for companionship. longing is an intense wish, generally repeated or enduring, for something that is at the moment beyond reach but may be attainable in the future: a longing to visit Europe. yearning suggests persistent, uneasy, and sometimes wistful or tender longing: a yearning for one's native land.

Origin of desire:

1200–50; < OF desirer < L dēsīderāre; see desiderate

Princeton's WordNet

  1. desire(noun)

    the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state

  2. desire(noun)

    an inclination to want things

    "a man of many desires"

  3. desire(verb)

    something that is desired

  4. desire, want(verb)

    feel or have a desire for; want strongly

    "I want to go home now"; "I want my own room"

  5. hope, trust, desire(verb)

    expect and wish

    "I trust you will behave better from now on"; "I hope she understands that she cannot expect a raise"

  6. desire(verb)

    express a desire for

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. desire(noun)ɪˈzaɪər

    the feeling of wanting sth very much

    his hopes and desires; young people who lack desire; a desire for change; their desire to have children

  2. desireɪˈzaɪər

    sexual attraction

    ***her desire for him

  3. desire(verb)ɪˈzaɪər

    to want sth very much

    the things we most desire; He agreed because he desired to please her.


  1. desire(Noun)

    Someone or something wished for.

  2. desire(Noun)

    Strong attraction, particularly romantic or sexual.

    His desire for her kept him awake at night.

  3. desire(Noun)

    The feeling of desire.

    Too much desire can seriously affect oneu2019s judgment.

  4. desire(Verb)

    More formal or stronger word for want.

    I desire to speak with you.

  5. desire(Verb)

    To put a request to (someone); to entreat.

  6. desire(Verb)

    Another word for want, connoting emotion.

    She has been desiring him since they first met.

  7. Origin: From desiren, from desirrer, from desidero, apparently, from de- + sidus (see sidereal), but the connection of thought is not clear (perhaps "to wish (down) from the stars"?); compare consider. Compare also desiderate.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Desire(verb)

    to long for; to wish for earnestly; to covet

  2. Desire(verb)

    to express a wish for; to entreat; to request

  3. Desire(verb)

    to require; to demand; to claim

  4. Desire(verb)

    to miss; to regret

  5. Desire(verb)

    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 enjoy

  6. Desire(verb)

    an expressed wish; a request; petition

  7. Desire(verb)

    anything which is desired; an object of longing

  8. Desire(verb)

    excessive or morbid longing; lust; appetite

  9. Desire(verb)

    grief; regret


  1. Desire

    "Desire" is a song by U2 and the third track on their 1988 album, Rattle and Hum. Released as the album's lead single, "Desire" was the band's first number-one single in the UK and Australia. It reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, and topped both the Modern and Mainstream Rock Tracks charts, the first song to reach the top of both of these charts simultaneously. It reached number two on the Dutch Top 40. In 1989, "Desire" won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'desire' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2010

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'desire' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4695

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'desire' in Nouns Frequency: #805

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'desire' in Verbs Frequency: #887

Anagrams of desire

  1. reside

  2. eiders

Translations for desire

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a wish or longing

I have a sudden desire for a bar of chocolate; I have no desire ever to see him again.

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