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Meaning of “desire” in the English Dictionary

"desire" in British English

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desireverb [T not continuous]

uk   /dɪˈzaɪər/  us   /-ˈzaɪr/ formal
to have a ​strongsexualattraction to someone

desirenoun

uk   /dɪˈzaɪər/  us   /-ˈzaɪr/
  • desire noun (WANT)

B2 [C or U] a ​strongfeeling that you ​want something: I ​certainly have no desire to have ​children. There is a ​strong desire forpeace among the ​people. He ​needed to satisfy his desire forrevenge. [+ to infinitive] She had a burning/​strong desire to go back to her ​homecountry before she ​died. Several ​people have expressed a desire tosee the ​report.

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  • desire noun (SEXUAL NEED)

[U] formal the ​strongfeeling 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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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desirenoun [C/U]

 us   /dɪˈzɑɪər/
a ​strongfeeling of ​wanting something, or something you ​want: [U] He ​claims to have no desire for ​wealth. [C] She ​expressed a desire to ​speak with her ​attorney. [C] Teenagers often have a ​burning desire to ​lookolder. [C] My desires in ​life are few.

desireverb [T]

 us   /dɪˈzɑɪər/
to ​want something ​strongly: They don’t really ​seem to desire ​change.
(Definition of desire from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “desire”
in Korean 갈망…
in Arabic رَغْبة…
in Malaysian hasrat…
in French désir…
in Russian (сильное) желание, вожделение…
in Chinese (Traditional) 想要, (尤指強烈地)渴望,希望,想要…
in Italian desiderio…
in Turkish emel, istek, arzu…
in Polish pragnienie, pożądanie…
in Spanish deseo…
in Vietnamese sự khao khát…
in Portuguese desejo…
in Thai ความปรารถนา…
in German das Verlangen…
in Catalan desig…
in Japanese (強い)願望…
in Chinese (Simplified) 想要, (尤指强烈地)渴望,希望,想要…
in Indonesian keinginan…
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