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Definition of desire noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a strong wish to have or do something enough money to satisfy all your desires desire for something a strong desire for power desire to do something She felt an overwhelming desire to return home. (formal) I have no desire (= I do not want) to discuss the matter further. (formal) He has expressed a desire to see you.
  2. 2[uncountable, countable] desire (for somebody) a strong wish to have sex with someone She felt a surge of love and desire for him.
  3. 3[countable, usually singular] a person or thing that is wished for When she agreed to marry him he felt he had achieved his heart's desire.
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