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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


Synonymswant


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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