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



    BrE BrE//ˈæpɪtaɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈæpɪtaɪt//
    Healthy eating habits
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable, usually singular] physical desire for food He suffered from headaches and loss of appetite. The walk gave me a good appetite. Don't spoil your appetite by eating between meals. See related entries: Healthy eating habits
  2. 2[countable] a strong desire for something sexual appetites The preview was intended to whet your appetite (= make you want more). appetite for something The public have an insatiable appetite for scandal.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French apetit (modern appétit), from Latin appetitus ‘desire for’, from appetere ‘seek after’, from ad- ‘to’ + petere ‘seek’.Extra examples All that digging has given me an appetite. He sated her appetite for adventure and intrigue. His appetite for power had grown. His appetite has returned to normal. I have always had a small appetite. I went for a walk to work up an appetite for breakfast. Reading the first story whetted my appetite for more. She had no appetite and began to lose weight. Some drugs can suppress the appetite. The BBC recognizes the public appetite for serious information. The airport cannot accommodate the growing appetite for flights. The cold air had given an edge to my appetite. The symptoms include aching limbs and a loss of appetite. The symptoms of depression can include poor appetite and weight loss. The website has enough good content to satisfy its users’ intellectual appetite. This is something you can eat between meals without ruining your appetite. This meal will satisfy even the healthiest appetite. We get into debt to indulge our appetite for consumer goods. an insatiable appetite for books magnificent meals to tempt the most jaded appetites special double-decker sandwiches for big appetites Don’t spoil your appetite by eating between meals. He suffered from headaches, insomnia and loss of appetite. He was a man of vigorous sexual appetite. She’s always had a healthy appetite. The preview was intended to whet your appetite. The public has an insatiable appetite for scandal.
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