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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 de·sire /dɪˈzaɪr, di-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·sire, n.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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