• WordNet 3.6
    • adj desirous having or expressing desire for something "desirous of high office","desirous of finding a quick solution to the problem"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Sanskrit word for "war" means "desire for more cows."
    • a Desirous Feeling desire; eagerly wishing; solicitous; eager to obtain; covetous. "Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him.""Be not desirous of his dainties."
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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
    • desirous Wishing to obtain; wishful; solicitous; anxious; eager.
    • desirous Desirable.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Desirous full of desire: anxious to obtain: eager
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  • William Shakespeare
    “I do desire we may be better strangers.”
  • Francois De La Rochefoucauld
    “Nothing prevents one from appearing natural as the desire to appear natural.”
  • Brian Tracy
    “The key to success is to focus our conscious mind on things we desire not things we fear.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it.”
  • Edgar Watson Howe
    “Many people would be more truthful were it not for their uncontrollable desire to talk.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. désireux, OF. desiros, fr. desir,. See Desire (n.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. désirer—L. desiderāre. See Desiderate.


In literature:

I never went to England with so little desire in my life.
"The Journal to Stella" by Jonathan Swift
She shuddered with nervous apprehension and desire as she went through the church-door.
"Women in Love" by D. H. Lawrence
Desire Farr was an observant young person, quite capable of drawing conclusions.
"The Window-Gazer" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
Her son left home and returned with much regularity, he also seeming to desire privacy above all things.
"Thyrza" by George Gissing
His head was held stiffly, and his whole bearing betrayed a desire to make the most of his defective stature.
"Demos" by George Gissing
They had no desire to spread scandal, no desire to be ill-natured.
"The Forsyte Saga, Complete" by John Galsworthy
Then she says, all she wants is that I should desire her, that I should love her and desire her.
"Aaron's Rod" by D. H. Lawrence
And believe me, if Iras desired to ruin Barine, she need not make so long a circuit.
"Cleopatra, Complete" by Georg Ebers
No sudden wrath, no ardent desire, no weariness or aversion urges or delays them.
"Arachne, Complete" by Georg Ebers
Aye, Eva had done so; for, ardent as was the knight's love, something akin to religious devotion blended with his yearning desire.
"In The Fire Of The Forge, Complete" by Georg Ebers

In poetry:

Now the green ripples turn to gold
And all the paths are loud with rain,
I with desire am growing old
And full of winter pain.
"Spring and Autumn" by Francis Ledwidge
Her open eyes desire the truth.
The wisdom of a thousand years
Is in them. May perpetual youth
Keep dry their light from tears;
"Freedom" by Alfred Lord Tennyson
Lock'd in his arms, she scarcely strove,
Seduc'd by young desire,
The glowing twin brother of Love,
Possess'd with wilder fire.
"The Lass Of Fair Wone" by Charlotte Dacre
Man has a soul of vast desires,
He burns within with restless fires;
Tossed to and fro, his passions fly
From vanity to vanity.
"Hymn 146" by Isaac Watts
"For fate is servitor of love;
Desire and hope and longing prove
The secret of immortal youth,
And Nature cheats us into truth.
"The Seeking Of The Waterfall" by John Greenleaf Whittier
There's a schooner in the offing,
With her topsails shot with fire,
And my heart has gone aboard her
For the Islands of Desire.
"The Sea Gipsy" by Richard Hovey

In news:

But our desire to avoid the topic may be part of the problem.
A desire for something completely different leads to the business of hair and makeup.
Chapter 8 of Benjamin Franklin 's Autobiography recounts how his desire for self-improvement wasn't in itself enough to beat the force of habit.
It is often joined by resentment and a desire to "get even".
Sear steak on both sides to desired doneness.
Will putting this and this together produce the desired results.
Poetic Ability Desirable but Not Essential.
Coaches and players desire them.
Or we buy those fresh cranberries and sacrifice sleep and our own happiness in our desire to be the perfect mother and to prove that we really can do it all.
Stevens' unwavering desire is to build bridges between education, research and practice for excellence.
Having the power to produce a desired effect.
If there is any period one would desire to be born in is it no the age of Revolution.
Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel , 80, has a novel out today, A Mad Desire to Dance, a psychological mystery about a son's search for the truth about his parents during the Holocaust.
Place filets in skillet and cook to desired temperature.
Grill filets to desired doneness.

In science:

The composite random map preserves the desired probability distribution, in that if the input state is distributed according to the desired distribution, then so is the output state.
How to Couple from the Past Using a Read-Once Source of Randomness
Determining a particle’s position at any given time then amounts to identifying its tra jectory and the interval along it spanning the desired time, then interpolating from the saved position and velocity data to obtain the desired information.
MODEST-1: Integrating Stellar Evolution and Stellar Dynamics
If the neural integrator is not perfectly tuned, then the actual firing rate will deviate from the desired firing rate (eyes drift) until a new saccade occurs which brings the actual firing rate to its new desired value.
A simple mechanism for balancing at the border of instability with applications to persistent neural activity
To manufacture a desired generator, one has only to specify the desired components and put them together.
A Generic Random Number Generator Test Suite
Likewise, we desire efficient sampling rates for our algorithms; that is, we desire that S (n, d) be O(t(n, d)/d).
Improved Combinatorial Group Testing Algorithms for Real-World Problem Sizes