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noun desire pronunciation in British English /dɪˈzaɪə(r)/ 
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a strong feeling of wanting to have or to do something

    ordinary human needs and desires

    a desire to do something:

    his desire to join the army

    desire for:

    their desire for peace and stability in Europe

    have no desire for something/to do something:

    Young people have no desire to work for the government.

    desire that:

    the leaders' desire that neither country should lose any territory

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  2. 2
    [uncountable] formal a strong feeling that you want to have sex with someone
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