Definition of desirous adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//dɪˈzaɪərəs//
; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈzaɪərəs//
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[not before noun] desirous (of something/of doing something) | desirous (to do something) (formal) having a wish for something; wanting something At that point Franco was desirous of prolonging the war. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French desireus, based on Latin desiderare ‘to desire’, perhaps from de- ‘down’ + sidus, sider- ‘star’.
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