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verb [transitive]     desire pronunciation in British English
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present tense
present participledesiring
past tensedesired
past participledesired
  1. 1
    formal to want something

    Money and success are things most of us desire.

    desire to do something:

    The company naturally desires to avoid negative publicity.

    desire someone to do something:

    We desire you to complete the work within one month of the start date.

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