- Desire is defined as physically longing for something.
An example of desire is the feeling before a goodnight kiss.
- The definition of desire is to wish for or crave something.
An example of desire is to really want a piece of chocolate cake.
Two people looking at each other with desire.
transitive verbdesired, desiring
- to wish or long for; crave; covet
- to ask for; request
- to want sexually
Origin of desireMiddle English desiren ; from Old French desirer ; from Classical Latin desiderare, origin, originally , probably , to await from the stars ; from de-, from + sidus, star: see sidereal
- a strong wish or craving
- sexual appetite; lust
- an asking for something; request
- a thing or person desired
transitive verbde·sired, de·sir·ing, de·sires
- To wish or long for; want: a reporter who desires an interview; a teen who desires to travel.
- To want to have sex with (another person).
- To express a wish for; request.
- a. The feeling of wanting to have something or wishing that something will happen.b. An instance of this feeling: She had a lifelong desire to visit China.
- Sexual appetite; passion.
- An object of such feeling or passion: A quiet evening with you is my only desire.
- Archaic A request or petition.
Origin of desireMiddle English desiren, from Old French desirer, from Latin dēsīderāre, to observe or feel the absence of, miss, desire : dē-, de- + , -sīderāre (as in cōnsīderāre, to observe attentively, contemplate; see consider).
(third-person singular simple present desires, present participle desiring, simple past and past participle desired)
(usually uncountable, plural desires)
- (countable) Someone or something wished for.
- It is my desire to speak with you.
- You’re my heart’s desire.
- (uncountable) Strong attraction, particularly romantic or sexual.
- His desire for her kept him awake at night.
- (uncountable) Motivation.
- (uncountable) The feeling of desire.
- Too much desire can seriously affect one’s judgment.