(third-person singular simple present desires, present participle desiring, simple past and past participle desired)
- To want; to wish for earnestly.
- I desire to speak with you.
- To put a request to (someone); to entreat.
- To want emotionally or sexually.
- She has desired him since they first met.
- To express a wish for; to entreat; to request.
- To require; to demand; to claim.
- To miss; to regret.
(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.