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Meaning of "desire" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD DESIRE

From Old French desirer, from Latin dēsīderāre to desire earnestly.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF DESIRE

desire  [dɪˈzaɪə] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF DESIRE

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Desire is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb desire in English.

WHAT DOES DESIRE MEAN IN ENGLISH?

desire

Desire

Desire is a sense of longing or hoping for a person, object, or outcome. The same sense is expressed by emotions such as "craving" or "hankering". When a person desires something or someone, their sense of longing is excited by the enjoyment or the thought of the item or person, and they want to take actions to obtain their goal. The motivational aspect of desire has long been noted by philosophers; Thomas Hobbes asserted that human desire is the fundamental motivation of all human action. In Hinduism, the Rig Veda's creation myth Nasadiya Sukta states regarding the one spirit: "In the beginning there was Desire that was first seed of mind. Poets found the bond of being in non-being in their heart's thought". In Buddhism, for an individual to effect his or her liberation, the flow of sense-desire must be cut completely; however, while training, he or she must work with motivational processes based on skilfully applied desire. According to the early Buddhist scriptures, the Buddha stated that monks should "generate desire" for the sake of fostering skillful qualities and abandoning unskillful ones.

Definition of desire in the English dictionary

The first definition of desire in the dictionary is to wish or long for; crave; want. Other definition of desire is to express a wish or make a request for; ask for. Desire is also a wish or longing; craving.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO DESIRE

PRESENT

Present
I desire
you desire
he/she/it desires
we desire
you desire
they desire
Present continuous
I am desiring
you are desiring
he/she/it is desiring
we are desiring
you are desiring
they are desiring
Present perfect
I have desired
you have desired
he/she/it has desired
we have desired
you have desired
they have desired
Present perfect continuous
I have been desiring
you have been desiring
he/she/it has been desiring
we have been desiring
you have been desiring
they have been desiring
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I desired
you desired
he/she/it desired
we desired
you desired
they desired
Past continuous
I was desiring
you were desiring
he/she/it was desiring
we were desiring
you were desiring
they were desiring
Past perfect
I had desired
you had desired
he/she/it had desired
we had desired
you had desired
they had desired
Past perfect continuous
I had been desiring
you had been desiring
he/she/it had been desiring
we had been desiring
you had been desiring
they had been desiring
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will desire
you will desire
he/she/it will desire
we will desire
you will desire
they will desire
Future continuous
I will be desiring
you will be desiring
he/she/it will be desiring
we will be desiring
you will be desiring
they will be desiring
Future perfect
I will have desired
you will have desired
he/she/it will have desired
we will have desired
you will have desired
they will have desired
Future perfect continuous
I will have been desiring
you will have been desiring
he/she/it will have been desiring
we will have been desiring
you will have been desiring
they will have been desiring
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would desire
you would desire
he/she/it would desire
we would desire
you would desire
they would desire
Conditional continuous
I would be desiring
you would be desiring
he/she/it would be desiring
we would be desiring
you would be desiring
they would be desiring
Conditional perfect
I would have desire
you would have desire
he/she/it would have desire
we would have desire
you would have desire
they would have desire
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been desiring
you would have been desiring
he/she/it would have been desiring
we would have been desiring
you would have been desiring
they would have been desiring
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you desire
we let´s desire
you desire
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to desire
Past participle
desired
Present Participle
desiring
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH DESIRE


acquire
əˈkwaɪə
buyer
ˈbaɪə
dire
daɪə
empire
ˈɛmpaɪə
entire
ɪnˈtaɪə
fire
faɪə
higher
ˈhaɪə
hire
ˈhaɪə
inspire
ɪnˈspaɪə
Isaiah
aɪˈzaɪə
maya
ˈmaɪə
prior
ˈpraɪə
require
rɪˈkwaɪə
supplier
səˈplaɪə
Surabaya
ˌsʊərəˈbaɪə
tire
ˈtaɪə
vampire
ˈvæmpaɪə
via
ˈvaɪə
vier
ˌvaɪə
wire
waɪə

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE DESIRE

desilverize
desinence
desinent
desinential
desipience
desipient
desipramine
desirability
desirable
desirableness
desirably
desired
desireless
desirer
desirous
desirously
desirousness
desist
desistance
desistence

WORDS THAT END LIKE DESIRE

affaire
Aire
aspire
copper wire
goodsire
grandsire
gudesire
Hampshire
lire
Loire
New Hampshire
on fire
questionnaire
retire
sapphire
set the world on fire
sire
to the wire
transire
Yorkshire

Synonyms and antonyms of desire in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «DESIRE»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «desire» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of desire

Translation of «desire» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF DESIRE

Find out the translation of desire to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of desire from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «desire» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

愿望
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

deseo
570 millions of speakers

English

desire
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

इच्छा
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

رَغْبَة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

желание
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

desejo
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ইচ্ছা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

désir
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

keinginan
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Verlangen
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

希望
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

욕구
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Kepinginan
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

sự mong muốn
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஆசை
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

इच्छा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

arzu etmek
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

desiderio
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

życzenie
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

бажання
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

dorință
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

πόθος
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

begeerte
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

åtrå
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

ønske
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of desire

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «DESIRE»

The term «desire» is very widely used and occupies the 4.412 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «DESIRE» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «desire» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «desire» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about desire

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10 QUOTES WITH «DESIRE»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word desire.
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Shmuel Yosef Agnon
Through these offices it was my privilege to get to know almost every Jewish person, and those whom I did not come to know through these offices I came to know through love and a desire to know my brethren, the members of my people.
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Neil Armstrong
Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand.
3
Johnny Ball
Discrimination due to age is one of the great tragedies of modern life. The desire to work and be useful is what makes life worth living, and to be told your efforts are not needed because you are the wrong age is a crime.
4
Darren Boyd
Three and a half years in L.A. was enough for me. I would love to go back for short bursts if a film opportunity came up, but it's a unique place, and you can reach saturation point. For me it was a place where creative desire and ambition meets desperation. It's in the air; it's palpable - I just didn't want to be around that.
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Saffron Burrows
If I was going to make a broad generalisation, I'd say that I prefer the company of women. People know now that I live with Mike Figgis, but I prefer not to talk about it. On one level, privacy is important, but on another level I have no desire to deny certain things.
6
Henry Campbell-Bannerman
You have indeed done much since the new century began to give shape and substance to the growing, the insistent desire that war may be banished from the earth.
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Patrick Chan
I skate just to satisfy my own desire and not care about other people's desire for me to do well.
8
Pierre Corneille
Desire increases when fulfillment is postponed.
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Otto Dix
Not that painting would have been a release. The reason for doing it is the desire to create. I've got to do it! I've seen that, I can still remember it, I've got to paint it.
10
Will Durant
Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «DESIRE»

Discover the use of desire in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to desire and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-eye View of the World
Focusing on the human relationship with plants, uses botany to explore four basic human desires--sweetness, beauty, intoxication, and control--through of four plants that embody them: the apple, tulip, marijuana, and potato.
Michael Pollan, 2001
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Desire: Its Role in Practical Reason and the Explanation of ...
G.F. Schueler examines this hotly debatedtopic in philosophy of action and moral philosophy, arguing that once two senses of "desire" aredistinguished -- roughly, genuine desires and pro attitudes -- apparently plausible explanations ...
G. F. Schueler, 1995
3
Desire/Love
At the same time, other modes of explanation have been offered by popular and mass culture. In these domains, sexual desire is not deemed the core story of life; it is mixed up with romance, a particular version of the story of love.
Lauren Berlant, 2012
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Desire: Where Sex Meets Addiction
Explores sex addiction as a valid medical disorder, tracing the author's personal search for understanding in the face of cultural messages about women and sexuality, in an anecdotal account that draws on the advice of doctors who study the ...
Susan Cheever, 2009
5
Desire: The Journey We Must Take to Find the Life God Offers
This book will stir your heart and invite you to know the one desire that captures all passion for His purpose. Drink in this work, and your life will not be the same.” Dan Allender, Author, The Healing Path
John Eldredge, 2007
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Desire and Domestic Fiction: A Political History of the Novel
She also examines the works of such novelists as Richardson, Jane Austen, and the Bront s to reveal the ways in which these authors rewrite the domestic practices and sexual relations of the past to create the historical context through ...
Nancy Armstrong, 1987
7
Burning with Desire: The Conception of Photography
" In this book, Geoffrey Batchen analyzes the desire to photograph as it emerged within the philosophical and scientific milieus that preceded the actual invention of photography.
Geoffrey Batchen, 1999
8
Between Men: English Literature and Male Homosocial Desire
At the time of its first appearance in 1985 Between Men was viewed as an important intervention into Feminist as well as Gay and Lesbian studies.
Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, 1985
9
Desire: A History of European Sexuality
Drawing on a rich array of sources including poetry, novels, pornography and film as well as court records, autobiographies and personal letters, this volume integrates the history of heterosexuality with same-sex desire, and explores the ...
Anna Clark, 2012
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What Do Women Want?: Adventures in the Science of Female Desire
Incendiary, profoundly insightful, and brilliantly illuminating, What Do Women Want? will change the conversation about women and sex, and is sure to spark dynamic discussion for years to come.
Daniel Bergner, 2013

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «DESIRE»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term desire is used in the context of the following news items.
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“Self-centred” Scott Disick blasted over his new desire after Kourtney …
The father-of-three was trolled by upset fans on his social networks after he posted a picture of the vintage pair of wheels on Wednesday. «Mirror.co.uk, Jul 15»
2
Rodgers the reason for Sterling exit desire
Raheem Sterling did not train with Liverpool on Wednesday amid reports he wants to leave because he does not want to play for Brendan ... «Teamtalk.com, Jul 15»
3
Ashes 2015: The Urning desire
SO fervent is the fad to write eulogies about Test cricket these days, that it might turn into someone's vocation soon. But if there's one period ... «The Indian Express, Jul 15»
4
Ryan Reynolds Has "No Desire" To Play Another Superhero After …
“I have no desire to play any other superheroes after this,” the actor told Huffington Post. “Hopefully we'll get to do 'Deadpool' again. Given the ... «We Got This Covered, Jul 15»
5
Al Ain 'respect' Asamoah Gyan's desire to leave, vow replacement …
Speaking immediately following Gyan's departure, Mohammed bin Bdoua, an Al Ain board member, said: “We respect Gyan's desire to leave to ... «The National, Jul 15»
6
Review: A schemer made helpless by desire
A fascinating character, Natalya is a scheming manipulator who becomes helpless in the face of her desire. However, Aislín McGuckin is too ... «Irish Independent, Jul 15»
7
China Expresses Desire to Increase Its Oil Investments in Sudan
Khartoum — China has expressed its desire to increase its oil investments in Sudan and its commitment to the programme on the increase oil ... «AllAfrica.com, Jul 15»
8
Desire to work abroad, brain drain in M'sia likely to continue
Perspective Strategies Managing Director, Andy See Teong Leng, said while the young people's desire to relocate to another country may be ... «The Borneo Post, Jul 15»
9
Sleeping better leads to greater sexual desire, study says
Researchers believe that sufficient sleep will act positively a woman's desire for sex and also the quality of intercourse through better genital ... «Capital FM Kenya, Jul 15»
10
HTC Desire 820G Plus now available in India
htc-desire-820g+ Perhaps the last variant of the Desire 820 series from HTC, Desire 820G+, is now available in India at Rs 17,500. «Real Time News, India, Jul 15»

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