Definition of Desire

1. Noun. The feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state.

2. Verb. Feel or have a desire for; want strongly. "They desire him to write the letter"; "I want my own room"

3. Noun. An inclination to want things. "A man of many desires"
Generic synonyms: Inclination, Tendency
Specialized synonyms: Hunger, Hungriness, Thirst, Thirstiness, Greed

4. Verb. Expect and wish. "They desire to move "; "I hope she understands that she cannot expect a raise"
Exact synonyms: Hope, Trust
Generic synonyms: Wish
Derivative terms: Hope, Hope, Hope, Hope, Hope, Hoper

5. Noun. Something that is desired.
Generic synonyms: Arousal
Specialized synonyms: Passion, Rage, Materialism, Philistinism
Derivative terms: Desirous

6. Verb. Express a desire for.
Generic synonyms: Bespeak, Call For, Quest, Request

Definition of Desire

1. v. t. To long for; to wish for earnestly; to covet.

2. n. 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.

Definition of Desire

1. Verb. More formal or stronger word for want. ¹

2. Verb. To put a request to (someone); to entreat. ¹

3. Verb. Another word for want, connoting emotion. ¹

4. Noun. Someone or something wished for. ¹

5. Noun. Strong attraction, particularly romantic or sexual. ¹

6. Noun. The feeling of desire. ¹

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Definition of Desire

1. to wish for [v -SIRED, -SIRING, -SIRES]

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Literary usage of Desire

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1. A Treatise of Human Nature: Being an Attempt to Introduce the Experimental by David ( Hume (1898)
"But this does not exclude the view that all desire is for pleasure. demning the self-affection, and with it the best man's pursuit of his own highest good ..."

2. The Confessions of St. Augustine by Augustine (1909)
"CHAPTER XLIX Of the desire after eternal life, and how great blessings are promised to those who strive " MY Son, when thou feelest the desire of eternal ..."

3. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke (1894)
"This uneasiness BOOK n. we may call, as it is, desire; which is an uneasiness of the ~"~ mind for want of some absent good. All pain of the body, ..."

4. The Republic of Plato by Plato (1904)
"He had at the same time a desire to look at them and also a feeling of horror, and tried to turn away from the 440 sight. For a while he fought against the ..."

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