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desire

verb [T not continuous] uk   /dɪˈzaɪər/  us   /-ˈzaɪr/ formal

desire verb [T not continuous] (WANT)

C1 to want something, especially strongly: I desire only to be left in peace. The hotel had everything you could possibly desire. What does her Ladyship desire me to do/desire of me? [+ to infinitive] The president desires to meet the new prime minister.

desire verb [T not continuous] (SEXUAL)

to have a strong sexual attraction to someone

desire

noun uk   /dɪˈzaɪər/  us   /-ˈzaɪr/

desire noun (WANT)

B2 [C or U] a strong feeling that you want something: I certainly have no desire to have children. There is a strong desire for peace among the people. He needed to satisfy his desire for revenge. [+ to infinitive] She had a burning/strong desire to go back to her home country before she died. Several people have expressed a desire to see the report.
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desire noun (SEXUAL NEED)

[U] formal the strong feeling that you want to have sex with someone: sexual desire Beatrice was the object of Dante's desire.
Translations of “desire”
in Arabic رَغْبة…
in Korean 갈망…
in Malaysian hasrat…
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 Vietnamese sự khao khát…
in Spanish deseo…
in Portuguese desejo…
in Thai ความปรารถนา…
in German das Verlangen…
in Catalan desig…
in Japanese (強い)願望…
in Indonesian keinginan…
in Chinese (Simplified) 想要, (尤指强烈地)渴望,希望,想要…
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