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Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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English

Most common English words: probably « especially « placed « #563: desire » greater » army » horse

Etymology

< Middle English desiren < Old French desirer < Latin desiderare (to long for, desire, feel the want of, miss, regret), apparently < de- + sidus (a star) (see sidereal), but the connection of thought is not clear; cf. consider. Cf. also desiderate.

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to desire

Third person singular
desires

Simple past
desired

Past participle
desired

Present participle
desiring

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

  1. More formal or stronger word for want.
    I desire to speak with you.
  2. Another word for want, connoting emotion.
    She has been desiring him since they first met.

Translations

Noun

Singular
desire

Plural
desires

desire (plural desires)

  1. Someone or something wished for.
    It is my desire to speak with you
    You’re my heart’s desire.
  2. (uncountable) Strong attraction, particularly romantic.
    His desire for her kept him awake at night.
  3. (uncountable) The feeling of desire.
    Too much desire can seriously affect one’s judgment.

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  • desire in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • desire in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

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