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noun as in request

verb as in ask, request

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Example Sentences

While liberal in her own beliefs, the speaker has routinely put the needs of her so-called Majority Makers over the desires of the left.

Lorson told Voice of San Diego she’s heard some folks mention desire for community forums but is concerned about coronavirus social distancing regulations and said some people may not be comfortable voicing their opinions in a public setting.

A massive number of voters are expected to vote by mail, at least partially driven by a desire to avoid contracting the coronavirus.

From Fortune

It often feels like one is talking to a human with beliefs and desires.

They evinced a pervasive desire to be involved in shaping solutions in the long-term interests of the organizations.

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Obviously, not all the original cast can come back or even have the desire.

Like many I spoke to, Williams seemed to desire a reorientation of policing, rather than just a reduction.

This is a testament to the fundamental human—and American—desire to combine place and possibility.

But I have no desire to go on casting calls or any of that stuff.

“We have always had every desire to let the American public see this movie,” Lynton said.

With every allusion that Ramona made to the saints' statues, Alessandro's desire to procure one for her deepened.

To others the fierce desire for social justice obliterates all fear of a general catastrophe.

As Perker said this, he looked towards the door, with an evident desire to render the leave-taking as brief as possible.

"She used to be so well—so bright," said Angela, who also appeared to have the desire to say something kind and comfortable.

What more could one desire of him, I pray, Than just to hop around and stand for K?


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What are other ways to say desire?

Desire, a formal verb, suggests a strong wish: They desire liberation. Wish implies the feeling of an impulse toward attainment or possession of something; the strength of the feeling may be of greater or lesser intensity: I wish I could go home. Want, usually colloquial in use, suggests a feeling of lack or need that imperatively demands fulfillment: People all over the world want peace.

On this page you'll find 244 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to desire, such as: ambition, appetite, aspiration, craving, devotion, and eagerness.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.