Meaning of “appetite” in the English Dictionary

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"appetite" in British English

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appetitenoun

uk /ˈæp.ə.taɪt/ us /ˈæp.ə.taɪt/

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.

More examples

  • She's got a hearty appetite.
  • You'll spoil your appetite for dinner if you have a cake now.
  • We worked up a real appetite climbing in the mountains.
  • The appetite, says the proverb, grows with eating.
  • Growing boys have ravenous appetites.

(Definition of “appetite” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"appetite" in American English

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appetitenoun [ C ]

us /ˈæp·ɪˌtɑɪt/

a desire or need for something, esp. food:

a good/healthy appetite
an appetite for adventure

(Definition of “appetite” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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