What does appetite mean?

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ˈæp ɪˌtaɪtap·petite

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. appetite, appetency, appetence(noun)

    a feeling of craving something

    "an appetite for life"; "the object of life is to satisfy as many appetencies as possible"- Granville Hicks


  1. appetite(Noun)

    Desire for, or relish of, food or drink; hunger.

  2. appetite(Noun)

    Any strong desire; an eagerness or longing.

  3. appetite(Noun)

    The desire for some personal gratification, either of the body or of the mind.

    The object of appetite is whatsoever sensible good may be wished for; the object of will is that good which reason does lead us to seek. --Richard Hooker.

  4. Origin: appetit, from apetit ( appétit), from appetitus, from appetere; ad + petere. See petition, and compare with appetence.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Appetite(noun)

    the desire for some personal gratification, either of the body or of the mind

  2. Appetite(noun)

    desire for, or relish of, food or drink; hunger

  3. Appetite(noun)

    any strong desire; an eagerness or longing

  4. Appetite(noun)

    tendency; appetency

  5. Appetite(noun)

    the thing desired


  1. Appetite

    Appetite is the desire to eat food, felt as hunger. Appetite exists in all higher life-forms, and serves to regulate adequate energy intake to maintain metabolic needs. It is regulated by a close interplay between the digestive tract, adipose tissue and the brain. Appetite has a relationship with every individual's behavior. Appetitive and consummatory behaviours are the only processes that involve energy intake, whereas all other behaviours affect the release of energy. When stressed, appetite levels may increase and result in an increase of food intake. Decreased desire to eat is termed anorexia, while polyphagia is increased eating. Dysregulation of appetite contributes to anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, cachexia, overeating, and binge eating disorder.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Appetite

    ap′pet-īt, n. physical craving, accompanied with uneasy sensation (hunger, thirst, sex): natural desire: inclination: desire for food: hunger (with for).—adjs. Ap′petible, Ap′petitive.—v.t. Ap′petise, to create or whet appetite.—ns. Appetise′ment; Appetis′er, something which whets the appetite.—p.adj. Appetis′ing.—adv. Appetis′ingly. [Through Fr., from L. appetitus, appetĕre.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Appetite

    Natural recurring desire for food. Alterations may induced by APPETITE DEPRESSANTS or APPETITE STIMULANTS.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'appetite' in Nouns Frequency: #2913


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of appetite in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of appetite in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of appetite in a Sentence

  1. Cicero:

    Reason should direct and appetite obey.

  2. Julian Mayo:

    Politically, there is huge appetite for a deal.

  3. Hikaru Sato:

    The yen's weakness is lifting investor appetite.

  4. Thierry Roland:

    Our risk appetite to do business in the United States is greater now.

  5. Emil Cioran:

    Torment, for some men, is a need, an appetite, and an accomplishment.

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