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DESIRE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does desire mean? 

DESIRE (noun)
  The noun DESIRE has 3 senses:

1. the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
2. an inclination to want things
3. something that is desired

  Familiarity information: DESIRE used as a noun is uncommon.


DESIRE (verb)
  The verb DESIRE has 3 senses:

1. feel or have a desire for; want strongly
2. expect and wish
3. express a desire for

  Familiarity information: DESIRE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


DESIRE (noun)


Sense 1desire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Hypernyms ("desire" is a kind of...):

feeling (the experiencing of affective and emotional states)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "desire"):

caprice; impulse; whim (a sudden desire)

itch; urge (a strong restless desire)

concupiscence; eros; physical attraction; sexual desire (a desire for sexual intimacy)

hungriness; longing; yearning (prolonged unfulfilled desire or need)

want; wish; wishing (a specific feeling of desire)

craving (an intense desire for some particular thing)

temptation (the desire to have or do something that you know you should avoid)

bloodlust (a desire for bloodshed)

ambition; aspiration; dream (a cherished desire)


Sense 2desire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An inclination to want things

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

a man of many desires

Hypernyms ("desire" is a kind of...):

inclination; tendency (a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "desire"):

hunger; hungriness; thirst; thirstiness (strong desire for something (not food or drink))

greed (excessive desire to acquire or possess more (especially more material wealth) than one needs or deserves)


Sense 3desire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something that is desired

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Hypernyms ("desire" is a kind of...):

arousal (a state of heightened physiological activity)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "desire"):

passion; rage (something that is desired intensely)

materialism; philistinism (a desire for wealth and material possessions with little interest in ethical or spiritual matters)


DESIRE (verb)


Sense 1desire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Feel or have a desire for; want strongly

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

desire; want

Context examples:

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

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "desire"):

like (want to have)

ambition (have as one's ambition)

feel like (have an inclination for something or some activity)

begrudge; envy (be envious of; set one's heart on)

lech after; lust after (have a strong sexual desire for)

hanker; long; yearn (desire strongly or persistently)

itch; spoil (have a strong desire or urge to do something)

care; like; wish (prefer or wish to do something)

wish; wish well (feel or express a desire or hope concerning the future or fortune of)

wish (hope for; have a wish)

hope (be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes)

miss (feel or suffer from the lack of)

fancy; go for; take to (have a fancy or particular liking or desire for)

crave; hunger; lust; starve; thirst (have a craving, appetite, or great desire for)

seek (try to get or reach)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Sentence example:

They desire to move


Sense 2desire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Expect and wish

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

hope; desire; trust

Context examples:

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

Hypernyms (to "desire" is one way to...):

wish (hope for; have a wish)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Sentence example:

They desire to move


Sense 3desire [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Express a desire for

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Hypernyms (to "desire" is one way to...):

bespeak; call for; quest; request (express the need or desire for; ask for)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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