What does Desire mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. desirenoun

    the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state

  2. desirenoun

    an inclination to want things

    "a man of many desires"

  3. desireverb

    something that is desired

  4. desire, wantverb

    feel or have a desire for; want strongly

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

  5. hope, trust, desireverb

    expect and wish

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

  6. desireverb

    express a desire for


  1. desirenoun

    Someone or something wished for.

  2. desirenoun

    Strong attraction, particularly romantic or sexual.

    His desire for her kept him awake at night.

  3. desirenoun

    The feeling of desire.

    Too much desire can seriously affect one's judgment.

  4. desireverb

    More formal or stronger word for want.

    I desire to speak with you.

  5. desireverb

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

  6. desireverb

    Another word for want, connoting emotion.

    She has been desiring him since they first met.

  7. Etymology: 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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. DESIREnoun

    Wish; eagerness to obtain or enjoy.

    Etymology: desir, Fr. deseo, Ital. desiderium, Lat.

    Drink provokes, and unprovokes; it provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Desire ’s the vast extent of human mind;
    It mounts above, and leaves poor hope behind. Dryden.

    Desire is the uneasiness a man finds in himself upon the absence of any thing, whose present enjoyment carries the idea of delight with it. John Locke.

    It is in a man’s power only to observe what the ideas are that take their turns in his understanding, or else to direct the sort, and call in such as he hath a desire or use of. John Locke.

  2. To Desireverb

    Etymology: desirer, French; desiderare, Latin.

    Thou shalt not desire the silver or gold. Deutr. vii. 25.

    Jove beheld it with a desiring look. Dryden.

    Sir, I intreat you home with me to dinner.
    —— I humbly do desire your grace of pardon;
    I must away this night. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    But since you take such int’rest in our woe,
    And Troy’s disast’rous end desire to know,
    I will restrain my tears, and briefly tell
    What in our last fatal night befell. John Dryden, Æn. b. ii.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Desireverb

    to long for; to wish for earnestly; to covet

  2. Desireverb

    to express a wish for; to entreat; to request

  3. Desireverb

    to require; to demand; to claim

  4. Desireverb

    to miss; to regret

  5. Desireverb

    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. Desireverb

    an expressed wish; a request; petition

  7. Desireverb

    anything which is desired; an object of longing

  8. Desireverb

    excessive or morbid longing; lust; appetite

  9. Desireverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Desire

    de-zīr′, v.t. to long for the possession of: to wish for: to request, ask: (B.) to regret.—v.i. to be in a state of desire.—n. an earnest longing for: eagerness to obtain: a prayer or request: the object desired: lust.—adj. Desir′able, worthy of desire: pleasing: agreeable.—ns. Desir′ableness, Desirabil′ity.—adv. Desir′ably.—adj. Desire′less.—n. Desir′er.—adj. Desir′ous, full of desire: anxious to obtain: eager.—adv. Desir′ously.—n. Desir′ousness. [Fr. désirer—L. desiderāre. See Desiderate.]

Editors Contribution

  1. desire

    An intuitive feeling.

    It was always her desire to form a unity government as people working together for the good and benefit of all is the most intuitive and just outcome.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020  

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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 for Desire »

  1. reside

  2. eiders

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Desire in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Desire in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Desire in a Sentence

  1. Jan Brewer:

    I think there is just the desire to make sure the laws are as expansive as possible.

  2. Rob Kraft:

    Were still carrying on Pauls legacy to honor our service members, this originated from his desire to honor his fathers service to his country, and to remember our service members and to make sure that future generations remember that as well, and they actually understand what that means and to respect that.

  3. Sir Walter Raleigh:

    Above all things, be not made an ass to carry the burdens of other men if any friend desire thee to be his surety, give him a part of what thou has to spare if he presses thee further, he is not thy friend at all.

  4. Mickey Mehta:

    Everyone wishes to either become this or desire to be like that , everyone who runs the race will always remain a rat. No matter what you try and be , one day you will see, that you are a unique fruit from a unique tree. You are a special fruit , be specialized, wake up to your special talent , get MickeyMized.

  5. Stanley Goldfarb:

    If you go back into the 1920s and thirties, it was Jews that were excluded as a definite category. And there was an interesting study done several years ago where someone wrote to the medical schools of the various medical schools around the country, and they acknowledged the fact that they had limited the number of Jewish applicants that they would accept. So … we totally reject this, we think that admission to medical schools should be based on merit and merit alone. And that and there are plenty of African-American students who are highly qualified and are worthy of admission to medical school, and they should be admitted to medical school if they so desire to enter medical school – but on the basis of the fact that they've achieved what they've achieved, not because of some desire to create some sort of quota system in medicine where every medical school class perfectly reflects the population in the United States. And even if one tries to do that … it ends up excluding many people – typically South Asians and East Asian individuals are the ones who end up getting excluded.

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Translations for Desire

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  • begeerte, wensAfrikaans
  • رغبة, رغبArabic
  • arzuAzerbaijani
  • теләкBashkir
  • жадаць, жаданнеBelarusian
  • желание, желая, искам, жадуване, жадувамBulgarian
  • desitjar, desigCatalan, Valencian
  • přát, toužit, přání, touhaCzech
  • ønske, begære, begær, lyst, attråDanish
  • begehren, Wunsch, VerlangenGerman
  • επιθυμώ, ποθώ, επιθυμία, πόθοςGreek
  • deziro, deziriEsperanto
  • deseo, desear, ganaSpanish
  • soov, ihaEstonian
  • شیفتگی, آرزو كردن, خواستن, کام, آرزو, یاسه, خواهشPersian
  • himoita, tahtoa, halu, haluta, mieliäFinnish
  • désirer, désirFrench
  • fonn, saint, mian, dúilIrish
  • baois, drùis, feòlmhorachd, baoiseachdScottish Gaelic
  • desexo, desexarGalician
  • imnee, dooill, mian, fooill, wooishManx
  • השתוקק, חפץ, תשוקה, חשקHebrew
  • इच्छा, चाहHindi
  • vágyHungarian
  • ցանկություն, իղձ, ցանկանալ, կիրքArmenian
  • desirarInterlingua
  • keinginan, hasratIndonesian
  • löngunIcelandic
  • desiderio, desiderare, volereItalian
  • רצוןHebrew
  • 欲する, 願望, 願う, 望むJapanese
  • სურვილიGeorgian
  • тілек, ықыласKazakh
  • បំណងប្រាថ្នាKhmer
  • ಡಿಸೈರ್, ಬಯಕೆ, ಹಂಬಲKannada
  • 바라다, 원하다, 욕망Korean
  • نیاز, خواستنKurdish
  • тилек, каалооKyrgyz
  • cupido, volo, cupio, cupitas, cupiditas, desiderium, voluntas, studium, desideroLatin
  • ຕ້ອງການLao
  • pageidavimas, aistra, trokšti, geisti, noras, geismas, pageidauti, potraukis, troškimasLithuanian
  • iekāre, vēlēšanās, alkas, vēlme, kaisle, kāroties, kārot, alkt, vēlēties, kaislībaLatvian
  • посакува, копнеж, страст, желба, посакаMacedonian
  • ആഗ്രഹം, മോഹംMalayalam
  • хүсэхMongolian
  • ईच्छा, इच्छाMarathi
  • keinginanMalay
  • verlangen, wens, begeerteDutch
  • ønskeNorwegian
  • pragnąć, pożądać, pragnienie, pożądaniePolish
  • desejo, desejarPortuguese
  • deziderat, dori, dorințăRomanian
  • вожделеть, пожелание, вожделение, желание, влечение, желатьRussian
  • तृष्णाSanskrit
  • žèleti, želja, жудња, žudnja, žudjeti, жудјети, жѐлети, žèljeti, жѐљети, žudeti, жудети, жељаSerbo-Croatian
  • túžiť, želanie, žiadať, túžba, želať, priaťSlovak
  • želja, poželenje, želetiSlovene
  • dëshirëAlbanian
  • längtan, begär, eftertrakta, längta, lust, önska, åtrå, begära, önskanSwedish
  • ariSwahili
  • ஆசைTamil
  • వాంఛ, కోరిక, ఆకర్షణ, ఆశ, ఇచ్చ, అపేక్ష, అభిలాషTelugu
  • хоҳиш, майл, рағбат, орзу‍Tajik
  • ความใคร่, ต้องการ, ความปรารถนา, ใคร่, ปรารถนา, ตัณหา, ความต้องการ, ประสงค์Thai
  • islegTurkmen
  • arzu hissi, arzuTurkish
  • теләкTatar
  • бажання, бажатиUkrainian
  • چاہت, خواہش, تمناUrdu
  • xohlamoq, tilak, orzu, ishtiyoq, istakUzbek
  • khao khátVietnamese
  • desirVolapük
  • פאַרלאַנגYiddish
  • 欲望Chinese

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