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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Denoting desire.
  • noun An object of desire.
  • noun (Gram.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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