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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, or expressing desire.
  • adj. Grammar Designating a clause, a sentence, or in some languages an inflected verb form that expresses desire.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A verbal mood that has the meaning of “wanting to do something”, found in languages such as Ancient Greek and Sanskrit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Denoting desire.
  • n. An object of desire.
  • n. A verb formed from another verb by a change of termination, and expressing the desire of doing that which is indicated by the primitive verb.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having or implying desire; expressing or denoting desire: as, a desiderative verb.
  • Pertaining to a desiderative verb.
  • n. An object of desire; something desired.
  • n. In grammar, a verb formed from another verb, and expressing a desire of doing the action implied in the primitive verb.

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