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noun British English pronunciation: appetite /ˈæpətaɪt/ 
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] the natural feeling of wanting to eat

    a child with a healthy appetite

    The symptoms include fever and loss of appetite.

    All that fresh air and exercise has given me an appetite.

    spoil/ruin your appetite:

    Don't have any more chocolate – it'll spoil your appetite (=make you want to eat less at the next meal).

    work up an appetite (=do something that makes you hungry):

    Ella had worked up an appetite in the gym.

  2. 2
    [countable] a feeling of being very interested in something or of wanting it very much
    appetite for:

    The public's appetite for celebrity gossip seems insatiable.

    sexual appetite:

    He is portrayed as having an immense sexual appetite.

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