Desire

Definition of Desire

De`sire´
v. t.1.To long for; to wish for earnestly; to covet.
[imp. & p. p. Desired ; p. pr. & vb. n. Desiring.]
Neither shall any man desire thy land.
- Ex. xxxiv. 24.
Ye desire your child to live.
- Tennyson.
2.To express a wish for; to entreat; to request.
Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord?
- 2 Kings iv. 28.
Desire him to go in; trouble him no more.
- Shak.
3.To require; to demand; to claim.
A doleful case desires a doleful song.
- Spenser.
4.To miss; to regret.
She shall be pleasant while she lives, and desired when she dies.
- Jer. Taylor.
n.1.The natural longing that is excited by the enjoyment or the thought of any good, and impels to action or effort its continuance or possession; an eager wish to obtain or enjoy.
Unspeakable desire to see and know.
- Milton.
2.An expressed wish; a request; petition.
And slowly was my mother brought
To yield consent to my desire.
- Tennyson.
3.Anything which is desired; an object of longing.
The Desire of all nations shall come.
- Hag. ii. 7.
4.Excessive or morbid longing; lust; appetite.
5.Grief; regret.

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