- 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.
From Middle English desiren, from Old French desir(r)er, from Latin desidero (“to long for, desire, feel the want of, miss, regret”), apparently from de- + sidus (in the phrase de sidere, "from the stars") in connection with astrological hopes. Compare consider. Compare also desiderate.
- A female given name, spelling variant of Désirée.