de·sire /dɪˈzaɪr, di-/
De·sire v. t. [imp. & p. p. Desired p. pr. & vb. n. Desiring.]
1. To long for; to wish for earnestly; to covet.
Neither shall any man desire thy land. --Ex. xxxiv. 24.
Ye desire your child to live. --Tennyson.
2. To express a wish for; to entreat; to request.
Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? --2 Kings iv. 28.
Desire him to go in; trouble him no more. --Shak.
3. To require; to demand; to claim. [Obs.]
A doleful case desires a doleful song. --Spenser.
4. To miss; to regret. [Obs.]
She shall be pleasant while she lives, and desired when she dies. --Jer. Taylor.
Syn: -- To long for; hanker after; covet; wish; ask; request; solicit; entreat; beg.
Usage: -- To Desire, Wish. In desire the feeling is usually more eager than in wish. “I wish you to do this” is a milder form of command than “I desire you to do this,” though the feeling prompting the injunction may be the same. --C. J. Smith.
1. The natural longing that is excited by the enjoyment or the thought of any good, and impels to action or effort its continuance or possession; an eager wish to obtain or enjoy.
Unspeakable desire to see and know. --Milton.
2. An expressed wish; a request; petition.
And slowly was my mother brought
To yield consent to my desire. --Tennyson.
3. Anything which is desired; an object of longing.
The Desire of all nations shall come. --Hag. ii. 7.
4. Excessive or morbid longing; lust; appetite.
5. Grief; regret. [Obs.]
Syn: -- Wish; appetency; craving; inclination; eagerness; aspiration; longing.
n 1: the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
2: an inclination to want things; "a man of many desires"
3: something that is desired
v 1: feel or have a desire for; want strongly; "I want to go home
now"; "I want my own room" [syn: want]
2: expect and wish; "I trust you will behave better from now
on"; "I hope she understands that she cannot expect a
raise" [syn: hope, trust]
3: express a desire for