Appetite meaning

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Appetite is defined as a passion for something.

An example of something for which one might have an appetite is money.

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A strong wish or urge.

An appetite for learning.

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A desire to satisfy some craving of the body; specif., a desire for food, or, sometimes, a desire for some specific food.
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An instinctive physical desire, especially one for food or drink.
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Desire for, or relish of, food or drink; hunger.
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The definition of an appetite is a yearning for to fulfill a need for something such as food, drink, or other cravings.

An example of someone who has a hearty appetite is a person who eats a big lunch.

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Any strong desire or craving.

An appetite for knowledge.

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Any strong desire; an eagerness or longing.
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The desire for some personal gratification, either of the body or of the mind.
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A collective demand.

America's appetite for fossil fuels.

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Origin of appetite

  • Middle English apetit from Old French from Latin appetītus strong desire from past participle of appetere to strive after ad- ad- petere to seek pet- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English appetit, from Old French apetit (French appétit), from Latin appetitus, from appetere (“to strive after, long for”); ad + petere (“to seek”). See petition, and compare with appetence.

    From Wiktionary