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Definition 1: an inclination to want things - [noun denoting attribute]

Samples where desire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a man of many desires

(desire is a kind of ...) a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect

"the alkaline inclination of the local waters" "fabric with a tendency to shrink"

(... is a kind of desire ) strong desire for something (not food or drink)

"a thirst for knowledge" "hunger for affection"

(... is a kind of desire ) excessive desire to acquire or possess more (especially more material wealth) than one needs or deserves

Definition 2: the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state - [noun denoting feeling]

(desire is a kind of ...) the experiencing of affective and emotional states

"she had a feeling of euphoria" "he had terrible feelings of guilt" "I disliked him and the feeling was mutual"

(... is a kind of desire ) a strong restless desire

"why this urge to travel?"

(... is a kind of desire ) a desire for sexual intimacy

(... is a kind of desire ) prolonged unfulfilled desire or need

(... is a kind of desire ) a specific feeling of desire

"he got his wish" "he was above all wishing and desire"

(... is a kind of desire ) an intense desire for some particular thing

(... is a kind of desire ) the desire to have or do something that you know you should avoid

"he felt the temptation and his will power weakened"

(... is a kind of desire ) a desire for bloodshed

(... is a kind of desire ) a cherished desire

"his ambition is to own his own business"

(... is a kind of desire ) a sudden desire

"he bought it on an impulse"

Definition 3: something that is desired - [noun denoting state]

(desire is a kind of ...) a state of heightened physiological activity

(... is a kind of desire ) something that is desired intensely

"his rage for fame destroyed him"

(... is a kind of desire ) a desire for wealth and material possessions with little interest in ethical or spiritual matters

Definition 4: feel or have a desire for; want strongly - [verb of emotion]

Samples where desire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I want to go home now
  • I want my own room

Synonyms for desire in the sense of this definition

(... is a kind of desire ) have a craving, appetite, or great desire for

(... is a kind of desire ) desire strongly or persistently

(... is a kind of desire ) have a strong sexual desire for

"he is lusting after his secretary"

(... is a kind of desire ) be envious of; set one's heart on

(... is a kind of desire ) have an inclination for something or some activity

"I feel like staying in bed all day" "I feel like a cold beer now"

(... is a kind of desire ) have as one's ambition

(... is a kind of desire ) want to have

"I'd like a beer now!"

(... is a kind of desire ) have a strong desire or urge to do something

"She is itching to start the project" "He is spoiling for a fight"

(... is a kind of desire ) prefer or wish to do something

"Do you care to try this dish?" "Would you like to come along to the movies?"

(... is a kind of desire ) feel or express a desire or hope concerning the future or fortune of

(... is a kind of desire ) hope for; have a wish

"I wish I could go home now"

(... is a kind of desire ) be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes

"I am still hoping that all will turn out well"

(... is a kind of desire ) feel or suffer from the lack of

"He misses his mother"

(... is a kind of desire ) have a fancy or particular liking or desire for

"She fancied a necklace that she had seen in the jeweler's window"

(... is a kind of desire ) try to get or reach

"seek a position" "seek an education" "seek happiness"

Definition 5: express a desire for - [verb of emotion]

(desire is a kind of ...) express the need or desire for

"She requested an extra bed in her room" "She called for room service" "when you call, always ask for Mary"

Definition 6: expect and wish - [verb of emotion]

Samples where desire or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I trust you will behave better from now on
  • I hope she understands that she cannot expect a raise

Synonyms for desire in the sense of this definition

(desire is a kind of ...) hope for; have a wish

"I wish I could go home now"

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