Definitions for desire
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word desire.
the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
an inclination to want things
"a man of many desires"
something that is desired
feel or have a desire for; want strongly
"I want to go home now"; "I want my own room"
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"
express a desire for
Someone or something wished for.
Strong attraction, particularly romantic or sexual.
His desire for her kept him awake at night.
The feeling of desire.
Too much desire can seriously affect one's judgment.
More formal or stronger word for want.
I desire to speak with you.
To put a request to (someone); to entreat.
Another word for want, connoting emotion.
She has been desiring him since they first met.
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
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.
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.
to long for; to wish for earnestly; to covet
to express a wish for; to entreat; to request
to require; to demand; to claim
to miss; to regret
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
an expressed wish; a request; petition
anything which is desired; an object of longing
excessive or morbid longing; lust; appetite
"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
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.]
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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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'desire' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2010
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'desire' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4695
Rank popularity for the word 'desire' in Nouns Frequency: #805
Rank popularity for the word 'desire' in Verbs Frequency: #887
The numerical value of desire in Chaldean Numerology is: 2
The numerical value of desire in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
When desire, having rejected reason and overpowered judgment which leads to right, is set in the direction of the pleasure which beauty can inspire . . .
Survey researchers have long known that peoples' desire to present themselves in a positive light may lead them to understate socially undesirable behaviors and overstate socially desirable behaviors, some people who give inaccurate answers on surveys may know they're distorting the truth, but many people probably do it unconsciously.
John Fetterman has been ducking, dodging these debates, which is insulting to the voters of Pennsylvania, and he has to own the reasons for his desire to avoid a debate with me. Either he's healthy, which he says he is, and doesn't want to answer for his radical positions in past statements, or he's lying about his health.
A desire to be observed, considered, esteemed, praised, beloved, and admired by his fellows is one of the earliest as well as the keenest dispositions discovered in the heart of man.
I completely understand the desire among some of my colleagues to make progress in parallel on the reconciliation bill, but I also don't think given the progress, holding infrastructure hostage would be justified.
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- begeerte, wensAfrikaans
- رغبة, رغبArabic
- 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
- ցանկություն, իղձ, ցանկանալ, կիրքArmenian
- keinginan, hasratIndonesian
- desiderio, desiderare, volereItalian
- 欲する, 願望, 願う, 望むJapanese
- тілек, ықыласKazakh
- ಡಿಸೈರ್, ಬಯಕೆ, ಹಂಬಲKannada
- 바라다, 원하다, 욕망Korean
- نیاز, خواستنKurdish
- тилек, каалооKyrgyz
- cupido, volo, cupio, cupitas, cupiditas, desiderium, voluntas, studium, desideroLatin
- 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
- ईच्छा, इच्छाMarathi
- verlangen, wens, begeerteDutch
- pragnąć, pożądać, pragnienie, pożądaniePolish
- desejo, desejarPortuguese
- deziderat, dori, dorințăRomanian
- вожделеть, пожелание, вожделение, желание, влечение, желатьRussian
- žèleti, želja, жудња, žudnja, žudjeti, жудјети, жѐлети, žèljeti, жѐљети, žudeti, жудети, жељаSerbo-Croatian
- túžiť, želanie, žiadať, túžba, želať, priaťSlovak
- želja, poželenje, želetiSlovene
- längtan, begär, eftertrakta, längta, lust, önska, åtrå, begära, önskanSwedish
- వాంఛ, కోరిక, ఆకర్షణ, ఆశ, ఇచ్చ, అపేక్ష, అభిలాషTelugu
- хоҳиш, майл, рағбат, орзуTajik
- ความใคร่, ต้องการ, ความปรารถนา, ใคร่, ปรารถนา, ตัณหา, ความต้องการ, ประสงค์Thai
- arzu hissi, arzuTurkish
- бажання, бажатиUkrainian
- چاہت, خواہش, تمناUrdu
- xohlamoq, tilak, orzu, ishtiyoq, istakUzbek
- khao khátVietnamese
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