See also: désire, désiré, Désiré, and Desiré

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Etymology Edit

From Middle English desire (noun) and desiren (verb), from Old French desirer, desirrer, from Latin dēsīderō (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 and desiderate. Displaced native Old English wilnung (desire) and wilnian (to desire).

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desire (third-person singular simple present desires, present participle desiring, simple past and past participle desired)

  1. To want; to wish for earnestly.
    I desire to speak with you.
  2. To put a request to (someone); to entreat.
  3. To want emotionally or sexually.
    She has desired him since they first met.
  4. To express a wish for; to entreat; to request.
  5. To require; to demand; to claim.
    • c. 1580, Edmund Spenser, The Teares of the Muses:
      A doleful case desires a doleful song.
  6. To miss; to regret.

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desire (usually uncountable, plural desires)

  1. (countable) Someone or something wished for.
    It is my desire to speak with you.
    You’re my heart’s desire.
    • 2013 June 7, David Simpson, “Fantasy of navigation”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 36:
      It is tempting to speculate about the incentives or compulsions that might explain why anyone would take to the skies in [the] basket [of a balloon]: perhaps out of a desire to escape the gravity of this world or to get a preview of the next; […].
  2. (uncountable) Strong attraction, particularly romantic or sexual.
    His desire for her kept him awake at night.
  3. (uncountable) The feeling of desiring; an eager longing for something.
    Too much desire can seriously affect one’s judgment.
  4. (uncountable) Motivation. (Can we add an example for this sense?)

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Etymology Edit

Borrowed from Old Occitan dezire.

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  • IPA(key): /deˈzi.re/
  • Rhymes: -ire
  • Hyphenation: de‧sì‧re

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desire m (plural desiri)

  1. (poetic, archaic) desire
    Synonym: desiderio

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  • desire in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana

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desire

  1. desire

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  • English: desire

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From desi +‎ -re.

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desire f (plural desiri)

  1. thickening

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References Edit

  • desire in Academia Română, Micul dicționar academic, ediția a II-a, Bucharest: Univers Enciclopedic, 2010. →ISBN