Definition of desire noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪˈzaɪə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzaɪər//
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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 somebody 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.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French desir (noun), desirer (verb), from Latin desiderare, perhaps from de- ‘down’ + sidus, sider- ‘star’.Extra examples He felt he was nothing more to her than an object of desire. He is filled with conflicting desires. He suppressed the desire to run from the room. His actions reflect his desire to fit in. His childhood had created a desire for stability in his life. Horses need to satisfy their desire for space and freedom. I suddenly felt an overwhelming desire to laugh Most children have an insatiable desire for knowledge. She confessed a secret desire to be famous. The chairman expressed his desire to expand the company. The human desire for answers is very great. The search for a better life is one of the most basic desires of human beings. There’s a growing desire among consumers for more organic products. They were motivated by a deep desire for money and fame. This was all Liam needed to fuel his desire for revenge. a long-lasting relationship based on our mutual desire for peace He now had enough money to satisfy all his desires. I have no desire to discuss the matter further.
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