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

  • adjective Worth having or seeking, as by being useful, advantageous, or pleasing.
  • adjective Worth doing or achieving; advisable.
  • adjective Arousing desire, especially sexual desire.
  • noun A desirable person or thing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Worthy to be desired; that is to be wished for; fitted to excite a wish to possess.

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

  • adjective Worthy of desire or longing; fitted to excite desire or a wish to possess; pleasing; agreeable.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Suitable, worthy to be desired.
  • noun A thing that people want; something that is desirable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective worthy of being chosen especially as a spouse
  • adjective worth having or seeking or achieving


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