American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To wish to have or see happen.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To desire; to feel the want of; to lack; to miss; to want.
- From Latin, from the participle stem of the verb dēsīderāre ("to desire"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin dēsīderāre, dēsīderāt-, to desire; see desire. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I do not desiderate that pie!' was his way of putting it.”
“Nay, looking at the general state of things at this day, I desiderate for a School of the Church, if an additional School is to be granted to us, a more central position than”
“We desiderate means of instruction which involve no interruption of our ordinary habits; nor need we seek it long, for the natural course of things brings it about, while we debate over it.”
“But what more comfort could a man desiderate than is given by the Holy Spirit?”
“Evidently, if these two foregoing statements are true, Mr. Froude must join us in thinking that a man whose mind could be warped by external influences from the softest commiseration for the sufferings of his kind, one year, into being the cold-blooded deviser of the readiest method for slaughtering unarmed holiday - makers, the very next year, is not the kind of ruler whom he and we so cordially desiderate.”
“Over against the criticism of our day even moderately critical writers offer comments such as Skinner (p. 11): "It is a bold thing to desiderate a treatment more worthy of the theme, or more impressive in effect, than we find the severely chiselled outlines and stately cadences of the first chapter of Genesis.”
“And tenderness, toobut does that appear a mawkish thing to desiderate in life?”
“Then, too, consider his philanthropy! and deliberate how insufferable would be our case if you and I, and all our fellow parishioners, were to-day hobnobbing with other beasts in the Garden which we pretend to desiderate on Sundays!”
“Truth is not hidden from the Friend of God," replied the hasheesh-eater, "I have erred being drunken with the hasheesh, for in the desiderate city, even in London, so thick upon the ways is the white sea-sand with which the city glimmers that no sound comes from the path of the charioteers, but they go softly like a light sea-wind.”
“London the desiderate city the sky is so deep a blue that by this alone the traveller may know where he has come, and may end his fortunate journey.”
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