desire

[[t]dɪza͟ɪ͟ə(r)[/t]]
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desires, desiring, desired
1) N-COUNT: oft N to-inf, N for n A desire is a strong wish to do or have something.

I had a strong desire to help and care for people...

They seem to have lost their desire for life.

2) VERB: no cont If you desire something, you want it. [FORMAL]

[V n] She had remarried and desired a child with her new husband...

[V to-inf] But Fred was bored and desired to go home...

[V n to-inf] He desired me to inform her that he had made his peace with God.

Derived words:
desired ADJ-GRADED ADJ n

You may find that just threatening this course of action will produce the desired effect...

His warnings have provoked the desired response.

3) N-UNCOUNT Desire for someone is a strong feeling of wanting to have sex with them.

Teenage sex, for instance, may come not out of genuine desire but from a need to get love.

4) VERB: no cont If you desire someone, you want to have sex with them.

[V n] It never occurred to him that she might not desire him.

5) PHRASE If desired is used in instructions in written English to indicate that someone can choose to take the course of action mentioned.

Additional courses may be taken if desired...

Transfer this sauce to a separate saucepan, if desired.

6) PHRASE: Ns inflect, usu poss PHR If you say that someone or something is your heart's desire, you mean that you want that person or thing very much. [LITERARY]

He was extremely devious in his efforts to achieve his heart's desire.

7) PHRASE: V inflects (disapproval) If you say that something leaves a lot to be desired, you mean that it is not as good as it should be.

The selection of TV programmes, especially at the weekend, leaves a lot to be desired...

Food seems to have been available, even if the quality left much to be desired...

It is just possible that the accuracy of the information provided might leave something to be desired.


English dictionary. 2008.

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