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English definition of “desire”


WISH [C, U] B2 a strong feeling that you want something: [+ to do sth] I have no desire to have children. There is a strong desire for peace among the people.Goals and purposesFeelings of desire
SEX [U] a strong feeling of being sexually attracted to someoneSexual attractionAttractive
(Definition of desire noun from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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