desire - definition and synonyms

 
 
verb [transitive] 

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/dɪˈzaɪə(r)/
present tense
I/you/we/theydesire
he/she/itdesires
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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  2. 2
    literary to want someone as a sexual partner
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