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English noun: desire

1. desire (feeling) the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state

Broader (hypernym)feeling

Narrower (hyponym)ambition, aspiration, bloodlust, caprice, concupiscence, craving, dream, eros, hungriness, impulse, itch, longing, physical attraction, sexual desire, temptation, urge, want, whim, wish, wishing, yearning

2. desire (attribute) an inclination to want things

SamplesA man of many desires.

Broader (hypernym)inclination, tendency

Narrower (hyponym)greed, hunger, hungriness, thirst, thirstiness

3. desire (state) something that is desired

Broader (hypernym)arousal

Narrower (hyponym)materialism, passion, philistinism, rage

English verb: desire

1. desire (emotion) feel or have a desire for; want strongly

SamplesI want to go home now.
I want my own room.

ExamplesThey desire to move


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Narrower (hyponym)ambition, begrudge, care, crave, envy, fancy, feel like, go for, hanker, hope, hunger, itch, lech after, like, like, long, lust, lust after, miss, seek, spoil, starve, take to, thirst, wish, wish, wish, wish well, yearn

2. desire (emotion) expect and wish

SamplesI trust you will behave better from now on.
I hope she understands that she cannot expect a raise.

ExamplesThey desire to move

Synonymshope, trust

Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)wish

3. desire (emotion) express a desire for

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bespeak, call for, quest, request

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