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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.

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.
(Definition of desire from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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