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desire

noun [C/U]  /dɪˈzɑɪər/ us  
a strong feeling of wanting something, or something you want: [U] He claims to have no desire for wealth. [C] She expressed a desire to speak with her attorney. [C] Teenagers often have a burning desire to look older. [C] My desires in life are few.

desire

verb [T]  /dɪˈzɑɪər/ us  
to want something strongly: They don’t really seem to desire change.
Translations of “desire”
in Korean 갈망…
in Arabic رَغْبة…
in French désir…
in Turkish emel, istek, arzu…
in Italian desiderio…
in Chinese (Traditional) 想要, (尤指強烈地)渴望,希望,想要…
in Russian (сильное) желание, вожделение…
in Polish pragnienie, pożądanie…
in Spanish deseo…
in Portuguese desejo…
in German das Verlangen…
in Catalan desig…
in Japanese (強い)願望…
in Chinese (Simplified) 想要, (尤指强烈地)渴望,希望,想要…
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