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appetite

noun uk   /ˈæp.ɪ.taɪt/ us  

appetite noun (FOOD)

C1 [C or U] the feeling that you want to eat food: All that walking has given me an appetite. I won't have any chocolate, thanks. It will spoil (= reduce) my appetite. I haven't got much of an appetite (= I am not hungry). The children all have healthy/good appetites (= they eat a lot). Both viruses cause fever and loss of appetite.

appetite noun (NEED)

C2 [C] the feeling of wanting or needing something: her appetite for adventure his insatiable sexual appetite I've read an excerpt of the book on the Web and it's whetted my appetite (= increased my interest in it).
(Definition of appetite from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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