Adjective "desire" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


A strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen.
  1. 'He raised substantive issues and demonstrated a strong desire to get involved in the public government system.'
  2. 'Given the strong desires of those who wish to maintain the status quo, however, the plan faces an uphill battle before being adopted.'
  3. 'We have very strong feelings, desires and attachments and expectations.'
  4. 'Now I find it extremely difficult to express myself before them, tell them my problems, my wishes and my desires.'
  5. 'They don't seem to be listening with regard to the desire of the public to maintain guaranteed benefits.'
  6. 'Is it due to a genuine desire to enter public life and shape policies or for ulterior reasons?'
  7. 'But it also heard of a public desire for resident doctors to be based at the hospital around the clock.'
  8. 'Like many academics in recent years, he was consumed by the desire to become a public intellectual.'
  9. 'And it is in the recognition of the desires, wishes, and hopes of the majority of those who vote that one can begin to understand the outcome of this election.'
  10. 'The film's devastating ending carries more than a hint of a death wish, a terrible desire to cross that final boundary and become one with the animals he loved more than any human.'
  11. 'they were clinging together in fierce desire'
  12. 'Fortunately, today there are lots of options for keeping a woman's sexual desire strong.'
  13. 'He said that couples should discuss anything that curb's the man's regular sexual activity, which was not caused by a decrease in sexual desire.'
  14. 'A typical feeling in such a state is the inability to experience sexual desire, captured in this song as well.'
  15. 'Such women are mostly presented as sexless in that once their family is complete, they appear to lose all sexual desire and physical charm.'
  16. 'It is said that sexual desire is like an inner fire.'
  17. 'It's against the notion that things calm down when we get older, when philosophy is supposed to kick in - that the body, the heart and sexual desire develop and age in the same way.'
  18. 'Longing, sexual desire, emotional emptiness and instability run rampant.'
  19. 'This evening we're talking about female desire and sexual dysfunction.'
  20. 'They are not given the freedom to express themselves and tap into their embodiment of sexual desire through positive social vehicles like film.'
  21. 'From her earliest student shorts, repressed sexual desire has been a consistent undercurrent in the New Zealander's work.'
  22. 'They make decisions for the future, and so distinguish their intentions from their desires.'
  23. 'Essentially, I have always shied away from specific long-term aims/dreams / desires.'
  24. 'Such intensity gets to dance right out there in front of your eyes, as ideas, desires hopes and expectations are backsided in favor of a single story.'
  25. 'Annapurna takes the audience into a world of hopes, dreams and desires through dance stories of young girls and mothers and their romances with the Gods.'
  26. 'They move instead, as if they are inside out, everything about their desires, dreams, hopes and fears is exposed leaving them to clearly react against one another.'
  27. 'My job is to help you determine and articulate your dreams, aspirations and desires; then help you achieve them.'
  28. 'It must be relevant to people's dreams, hopes, desires, aspirations.'


Strongly wish for or want (something)
  1. 'the bribe had its desired effect'
  2. 'His noteworthy conclusion was that it's not the degree to which you consume food, but the degree to which you crave and desire food that controls your weight.'
  3. 'But what about times when we can not connect a cause to an effect, other than perhaps that one desired it to be?'
  4. 'If principles are to have their desired effect, they must culminate in practice.'
  5. 'For instance, while every firm desires the great returns earned by those who achieve high status, the nature of status hierarchies is such that only a few can reach the top.'
  6. 'Let us say that government desires a strong dollar.'
  7. 'Crucially there is no evidence to suggest that they desire this power, nor that the public wish them to have it.'
  8. 'The restrictions contradict the wishes of researchers desiring public availability.'
  9. 'Dates are transposed and video carefully edited to create whatever effect is desired.'
  10. 'Those words had their desired effect, and her throat instantly clenched up dryly.'
  11. 'The second desired effect of regional policy is to encourage the immigration of more firm investment into a region.'
  12. 'He imagined himself on the beach surrounded by beautiful, scantily-clad women, all desiring him, though he didn't touch any single one.'
  13. 'We are very vulnerable to anyone who desires us; it's a very powerful thing to be desired by someone, even if we don't think we're interested in that person.'
  14. 'But although he desires her passionately, he is also tenderly in love with her - and it is in the blend of hunger and profound romance that the essence of their relationship lies.'
  15. 'I can see it so clearly in his eyes just how much he desires me.'
  16. 'I wanted to get as far away from Jason as I could, but I was stuck, and my body desired him.'
  17. 'All three stories concern the fantasy of a woman desired by several men.'
  18. 'Her own ego explodes a little when she realises how many men desire her.'
  19. 'Her dreams had left her desiring him, wanting to know fully what she'd never experienced before.'
  20. 'Here she was sitting in the fading light, next to a man who is clearly desiring her, but all she can think about is… is what?'
  21. 'This is starting to form a divide in our relationship - he still desires me sexually and is understandably hurt when I don't reciprocate.'
  22. 'John spake unto him, and desired him in like manner and contestation as before'
  23. 'When he perceived me motionless and bleeding, his fears soon got the better of his intoxication; and with the most violent agitation, desired them to carry me into the parlour, exclaiming repeatedly "Who desired him to open the door?"'

More definitions

1. to wish or long for; crave; want.

2. to express a wish to obtain; ask for; request: The mayor desires your presence at the next meeting. noun

3. a longing or craving, as for something that brings satisfaction or enjoyment: a desire for fame.

4. an expressed wish; request.

5. something desired.

6. sexual appetite or a sexual urge.

More examples(as adjective)

"people can be desire."

"words can be desire."

"politicians can be desire."

"journalists can be desire."


Middle English: from Old French desir (noun), desirer (verb), from Latin desiderare (see desiderate).