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Wanting or needing something - thesaurus

Synonyms

anxious

adjective

wanting something very much, especially when this makes you nervous, excited, or impatient

impatient

adjective

wanting something to happen as soon as possible

longing

adjective

showing a strong feeling of wanting someone or something

keen

adjective

mainly British wanting to do something, or wanting other people to do something

desirous

adjective

formal if you are desirous of something, you want to have or do it

in need of something

needing something

in the hope that/of

wanting something to happen

urgent

adjective

expressing the feeling of wanting something very much or wanting it immediately

hungry

adjective

wanting something, or wanting to do something very much

be dying for something/to do something

wanting to have/do something so much that you do not want to wait

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after

adverb

informal wanting to get something that belongs to someone else

badly

adverb

if you need or want something badly, you need or want it very much

could use something

used for saying that someone or something needs a particular thing very much

covetous

adjective

formal very much wanting to have something that someone else has, especially money

desperate

adjective

needing or wanting something very much

envious

adjective

unhappy because you want very much to do something that someone else does or to have something that they have

for once

used for saying that you would like something to happen on this occasion, even though it does not usually happen, and you think it should happen more often

God/Lord in heaven

literary used for emphasizing that you want something very much

insatiable

adjective

always wanting more and never feeling satisfied

I would give my right arm/my eye teeth for something

used for saying that you would very much like to have something

like a moth to a candle flame

used for emphasizing how much someone is attracted by a person or thing

longingly

adverb

in a way that shows you want something very much

not content with...

used to say that someone is not satisfied with something which most people would consider to be enough or too much, but wants or does more

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