Meaning of “desirable” in the English Dictionary

"desirable" in British English

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uk /dɪˈzaɪə.rə.bəl/ us /dɪˈzaɪr.ə.bəl/

desirable adjective (WANTED)

B2 worth having and wanted by most people:

Reducing class sizes in schools is a desirable aim.
It's regarded as a highly desirable job.
The house is in a very desirable area of the city.

More examples

  • This underdeveloped area is much less desirable to investors than one of the major centres.
  • Surely a diplomatic solution is more desirable than war.
  • If the youngsters learn to live useful and independent lives, that must surely be the most desirable outcome
  • I'd say that having the vaccination before you travel is desirable, but it's not compulsory.
  • Well, if this argument makes him move out, that's quite a desirable result, wouldn't you say?

desirable adjective (ATTRACTIVE)

sexually attractive:

a highly desirable man
adverb uk /dɪˈzaɪə.rə.bli/ us /dɪˈzaɪr.ə.bli/

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

"desirable" in American English

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us /dɪˈzɑɪər·ə·bəl/

worth wanting or having:

Good pay and interesting work make this a very desirable job.
The new store is in a highly desirable location.
noun [ U ] us /dɪˌzɑɪər·əˈbɪl·ət̬·i/

Taxes can limit the desirability of home ownership.

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