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[ noun ] the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state

Used in print

(St. Louis Post-Dispatch,...)

The desire to give Broglio as many starts as possible ; 3 .

(The Times-Picayune, [New Orleans]...)

His desires are so strong that he needs constant reassurance of his mother 's love for him and what she expects of him , in_order to overcome them .

He won't submit to his natural desires all_the_time , and it 's Mother 's love that is responsible_for his good behavior .

(Mr. America, 4:6...)

Now when Henri was just 12 he was only 4 ' 10 '' tall and weighed an astounding 72 pounds , and his greatest desire was to pack_on some weight .

(Bonnie Prudden, "The Dancer and the Gymnast"...)

The gymnast must develop strength , flexibility , coordination , timing , rhythm , courage , discipline , persistence and the desire for perfection .

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[ verb ] feel or have a desire for; want strongly

Synonyms

want

Examples

"I want to go home now "I want my own room"

Used in print

(Jaroslav Pelikan, The Shape of Death: life, death and...)

`` Wherefore also He [ God ] drove him [ man ] out of Paradise , and removed him far from the tree of life , not because He envied him the tree of life , as some venture to assert , but because He pitied him , [ and did not desire ] that he should continue a sinner for ever , nor that the sin which surrounded him should be immortal , and evil interminable and irremediable .

(Handbook of Federal Aids to Communities. U.S. Dep...)

Each SBA regional office also maintains a `` want '' list of surplus property , principally machinery and equipment , desired by small business_concerns in its area .

To encourage exploration for domestic sources of minerals , the Office_of_Minerals_Exploration ( OME ) of the U.S._Department_of_the_Interior offers financial assistance to firms and individuals who desire to explore their properties or claims for 1 or more of the 32 mineral commodities listed in the OME regulations .

(Jim Berry Pearson, The Maxwell Land Grant....)

The men helped them gather their belongings and escorted them to Raton along with three other families desiring to leave .

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[ noun ] an inclination to want things

Examples

"a man of many desires"

Used in print

(The Times-Picayune, [New Orleans]...)

But the firm has recognized the tight dollar and the tourist 's desire to visit the `` smaller , less traveled and relatively inexpensive countries '' , and is now prepared to teach modern_Greek and Portuguese through recordings .

(Guy Endore, Voltaire! Voltaire!...)

And thus torn between his desire to be known as the composer of a successful opera and the necessity of remaining true to his proclaimed desire for anonymity , Rousseau suffered through several painful weeks .

(Whit Masterson, Evil Come, Evil Go....)

Andy had no desire to linger himself but Hub reported that the mob outside was still large despite the efforts of the police to disperse them .

Related terms

tendency greed hunger

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[ verb ] express a desire for

Used in print

(Philip Reaves, "Who Rules the Marriage Bed?"...)

Finally , he was cooking , washing dishes , bathing the children , and even ironing - and still his wife refused to have relations as often as he desired them .

Related terms

request

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[ noun ] something that is desired

Used in print

(Guy Bolton, The Olympians....)

But , kindled by his kiss , his caressing hand , her desire was aflame .

Related terms

arousal materialism rage

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[ verb ] expect with desire

Synonyms

hope trust

Examples

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

Used in print

(The Atlanta Constitution...)

`` When and if it can do so without jeopardizing constitutional and statutory tax-exemption privileges essential to the maintenance of its educational program and facilities , Emory_University will consider applications of persons desiring to study or work at the University without regard_to race , color or creed , continuing university policy that all applications shall be considered on the basis of intellectual and moral standards and other criteria designed to assure the orderly and effective conduct of the university and the fulfillment of its mission as an institution of Christian higher education '' .

(Rhode Island Legislative Council. Research Report...)

The type of program desired can be determined by the nature and extent of the adjustments needed .

Related terms

wish hope promise hope hoper

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