American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To wish or long for; want.
- v. To express a wish for; request.
- n. A wish or longing.
- n. A request or petition.
- n. The object of longing: My greatest desire is to go back home.
- n. Sexual appetite; passion.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To wish or long for; be solicitous for; have a wish for the possession, enjoyment, or being of; crave or covet: as, to desire another's happiness; to desire the good of the common wealth; to desire wealth or fame.
- To express a wish to obtain; ask; request; pray for.
- To invite.
- To require; claim; call for.
- To long for, as some lost object; regret; miss.
- Synonyms To crave, want, hanker after, yearn for.
- To beg. solicit, entreat.
- To be in a state of desire or longing.
- n. An emotion directed to the attainment or possession of an object from which pleasure, whether sensual, intellectual, or spiritual, is expected; a passion consisting in uneasiness for want of the object toward which it is directed, and the impulse to attain or possess it; in the widest sense, a state or condition of wishing.
- n. A craving or longing; yearning, as of affection; longing inclination toward something.
- n. Appetency; sensual or natural tendency.
- n. A prayer; petition; request.
- n. The object of longing; that which is wished for.
- n. Synonyms to Inclination, appetency, hankering, craving, eagerness, aspiration. See wish.
- v. More formal or stronger word for want.
- v. To put a request to (someone); to entreat.
- v. Another word for want, connoting emotion.
- n. Someone or something wished for.
- n. uncountable Strong attraction, particularly romantic or sexual.
- n. uncountable The feeling of desire.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To long for; to wish for earnestly; to covet.
- v. To express a wish for; to entreat; to request.
- v. obsolete To require; to demand; to claim.
- v. obsolete To miss; to regret.
- 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.
- n. An expressed wish; a request; petition.
- n. Anything which is desired; an object of longing.
- n. Excessive or morbid longing; lust; appetite.
- n. obsolete Grief; regret.
- n. something that is desired
- n. an inclination to want things
- v. expect and wish
- v. express a desire for
- v. feel or have a desire for; want strongly
- n. the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
- From Middle English desiren, from Old French desir(r)er, from Latin desidero ("to long for, desire, feel the want of, miss, regret"), apparently from de- + sidus (in the phrase de sidere, "from the stars") in connection with astrological hopes. Compare consider. Compare also desiderate. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English desiren, from Old French desirer, from Latin dēsīderāre : dē-, de- + sīdus, sīder-, star. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“So the fact of variability of desire is not on its own enough to cast doubt on the natural law universal goods thesis: as the good is not defined fundamentally by reference to desire, the fact of variation in desire is not enough to raise questions about universal goods.”
“The word desire has a wonderful derivation: It comes from the Latin de sidere, which means literally “from the stars.””
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