• WordNet 3.6
    • v desire feel or have a desire for; want strongly "I want to go home now","I want my own room"
    • v desire express a desire for
    • v desire expect and wish "I trust you will behave better from now on","I hope she understands that she cannot expect a raise"
    • n desire an inclination to want things "a man of many desires"
    • n desire the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
    • n desire something that is desired
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Sanskrit word for "war" means "desire for more cows."
    • Desire An expressed wish; a request; petition. "And slowly was my mother brought
      To yield consent to my desire ."
    • Desire Anything which is desired; an object of longing. "The Desire of all nations shall come."
    • Desire Excessive or morbid longing; lust; appetite.
    • Desire Grief; regret.
    • Desire 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."
    • Desire To express a wish for; to entreat; to request. "Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord?""Desire him to go in; trouble him no more."
    • Desire To long for; to wish for earnestly; to covet. "Neither shall any man desire thy land.""Ye desire your child to live."
    • Desire To miss; to regret. "She shall be pleasant while she lives, and desired when she dies."
    • Desire To require; to demand; to claim. "A doleful case desires a doleful song."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: When you give someone roses, the color can have a meaning. The meaning of rose colors: Red = Love and respect, Deep pink = Gratitude, appreciation, Light pink = Admiration, sympathy White = Reverence, humility, Yellow = Joy, gladness,Orange = Enthusiasm, desire, Red & yellow blend = Gaiety, joviality,Pale blended tones = Sociability, friendship
    • desire To wish or long for; be solicitous for; have a wish for the possession, enjoyment, or being of; crave or covet: as, to desire another's happiness; to desire the good of the common wealth; to desire wealth or fame.
    • desire To express a wish to obtain; ask; request; pray for.
    • desire To invite.
    • desire To require; claim; call for.
    • desire To long for, as some lost object; regret; miss.
    • desire Synonyms To crave, want, hanker after, yearn for.
    • desire To beg. solicit, entreat.
    • desire To be in a state of desire or longing.
    • n desire An emotion directed to the attainment or possession of an object from which pleasure, whether sensual, intellectual, or spiritual, is expected; a passion consisting in uneasiness for want of the object toward which it is directed, and the impulse to attain or possess it; in the widest sense, a state or condition of wishing.
    • n desire A craving or longing; yearning, as of affection; longing inclination toward something.
    • n desire Appetency; sensual or natural tendency.
    • n desire A prayer; petition; request.
    • n desire The object of longing; that which is wished for.
    • n desire Synonyms to Inclination, appetency, hankering, craving, eagerness, aspiration. See wish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Desire de-zīr′ to long for the possession of: to wish for: to request, ask:
    • v.i Desire to be in a state of desire
    • n Desire an earnest longing for: eagerness to obtain: a prayer or request: the object desired: lust
    • v.t Desire de-zīr′ (B.) to regret
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  • Bhagavad Gita
    Bhagavad Gita
    “Governing sense, mind and intellect, intent on liberation, free from desire, fear and anger, the sage is forever free.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Friends, such as we desire, are dreams and fables.”
  • Francis Beaumont
    Francis Beaumont
    “The true way to gain much, is never to desire to gain too much.”
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “Those who cannot tell what they desire or expect, still sigh and struggle with indefinite thoughts and vast wishes.”
  • Epicurus
    “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”
  • Epicurus
    “If thou wilt make a man happy, add not unto his riches but take away from his desires.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. désirer, L. desiderare, origin uncertain, perh. fr. de-, + sidus, star, constellation, and hence orig., to turn the eyes from the stars. Cf. Consider, and Desiderate, and see Sidereal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. désirer—L. desiderāre. See Desiderate.


In literature:

Evidently he desired not to be questioned.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
I received a reply, that I had disgraced his name, and that he never desired to see me again.
"The Gold Hunter's Adventures" by William H. Thomes
Believe the idea, desire to express it effectively, and imagine an audience before you.
"The Art of Public Speaking" by Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
He had inquired it out, and would conclude the arrangements for her, if she desired.
"The Other Girls" by Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
You desire to know how you attained to this high distinction.
"Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary" by John Kline
It is impossible to desire better dispositions towards us, than prevail in this Assembly.
"Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson" by Thomas Jefferson
But what he now most desired was a human being.
"I.N.R.I." by Peter Rosegger
Molding, as the term implies, involves the use of molds, of the size and shape desired.
"Artificial Light" by M. Luckiesh
It understood his desire.
"Bella Donna" by Robert Hichens
There can be, therefore, no selfishness in his desiring his own glory.
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb

In poetry:

Should wealth my mind impress,
With the desire of more,
In Christ the fullness I possess,
Of Heaven's exhaustless store.
"Hymn II" by William Duke
Nay! stable His Infinity,
Beyond mutation or desire.
The visions pass. The worlds expire,
Unfathomed still their mystery.
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
When the woman came from Tyre,
And for help to Jesus sought;
Though he granted her desire,
Yet at first he answered not.
"Woman Of Canaan" by John Newton
From books our God has written
They sing of high desire.
They turn the leaves in gentleness.
Their wings are folded fire.
"Our Guardian Angels And Their Children" by Vachel Lindsay
The dog, he now press'd to his heart,
Then utter'd this desire;
"Stranger if thine a poet's art,
Let Hero wake thy lyre!"
"The Hermit's Dog" by William Hayley
In sculptured worship now he lives,
His one desire a prisoned ache;
If he can never melt again
His very heart will break.
"Sandy Star And Willie Gee" by William Stanley Braithwaite

In news:

Blake Lively recently secured the number-one spot on AskMen's Most Desirable Women of 2011 survey (she shot up from 85 on last year's list).
Although the popular restaurant is lovely to look at, the dining experience leaves much to be desired.
Equally apparent is their desire to be led but not coerced.
Make copies of any contracts and outline your desired actions.
Usually, the desires to compromise and split differences are highly regarded in politics.
One of them positive and the other not so much UNC hasn’t often started games with the kind of precision and speed that coach Larry Fedora desires.
A great deal of useful chemistry has been developed to give thin films at surfaces desirable properties—coatings and finishes, for example.
The Private Worlds of Marcel Duchamp: Desire, Liberation, and the Self in Modern Culture by Jerrold Seigel University of California Press, 291 pp.
A Desire for Contradiction .
Institutional Shareholder Services' ballot advice often clashes with the desires of the average diversified investor.
AMC Walter Jr (RJ Mitte), the son of Walt and Skyler with minimal screentime, has desired two things so far this "œBreaking Bad" season: breakfast and a car.
To the depths of man's darkest and deadliest desires, according to a fun foreign crime thriller.
To the depths of man's darkest and deadliest desires, per this fun foreign crime thriller.
Costume Designer Paul Tazewell Explains his Vision for 'A Streetcar Named Desire.
What is it about the Jonesville Country Store that makes it so desirable.

In science:

So there must be a Borel IP positive set Z ⊂ Y and a condition q ∈ O ∩ M below both p0 and p1 such that Z (cid:13) ˇq ∈ ˙G as desired.
Countable Support Iteration Revisited
Obviously, the real y ∈ A and the condition q ≤ p are the desired ob jects.
Countable Support Iteration Revisited
When doing this initially (i.e. for small r) most of the time a site will be isolated that before has been connected to a larger cluster and therefore frequently (depending on the weight of the substraced edges) F (U ) will increase, as desired.
The Random-bond Potts model in the large-q limit
This is what is generally used to calibrate SCUBA maps, when the desired units are Jy beam−1 .
The SCUBA Local Universe Galaxy Survey II. 450 micron data - evidence for cold dust in bright IRAS Galaxies
Differently from helium droplets, the properties of trapped gases can also be studied as a function of T , just stopping the evaporative cooling at the desired temperature.
Helium nanodroplets and trapped Bose-Einstein condensates as prototypes of finite quantum fluids