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Definition of desire verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they desire
    he / she / it desires
    past simple desired
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  1. 1(not used in the progressive tenses)
  2. 2(formal) to want something; to wish for something desire something We all desire health and happiness. The house had everything you could desire. The dessert can be topped with cream,if desired (= if you like). The medicine did not achieve the desired effect. desire (somebody/something) to do something Fewer people desire to live in the north of the country.
  3. 3desire somebody to be sexually attracted to someone He still desired her.
  4. Idioms
    leave a lot, much, something, etc. to be desired
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    to be bad or unacceptable The service in the restaurant left a lot to be desired.
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