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  • nounwant, longing
  • nounrequest
  • verbwant, long for
  • verbask, request

synonyms for desire

  • ambition
  • appetite
  • aspiration
  • craving
  • devotion
  • eagerness
  • fascination
  • greed
  • hunger
  • inclination
  • love
  • lust
  • motive
  • need
  • passion
  • thirst
  • will
  • wish
  • yearning
  • admiration
  • ardor
  • attraction
  • avidity
  • concupiscence
  • covetousness
  • craze
  • cupidity
  • doting
  • fancy
  • fervor
  • fondness
  • frenzy
  • hankering
  • infatuation
  • itch
  • lasciviousness
  • lechery
  • libido
  • liking
  • mania
  • predilection
  • proclivity
  • propensity
  • rapaciousness
  • rapture
  • ravenousness
  • relish
  • salacity
  • solicitude
  • urge
  • voracity
See also synonyms for: desired / desires / desiring

antonyms for desire

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  • apathy
  • disgust
  • disinterest
  • dislike
  • distaste
  • hate
  • hatred
  • indifference
  • satisfaction
  • antipathy
  • coolness
  • disinclination
  • loathing
  • peacefulness
  • answer
  • antagonism
  • aversion
  • reply
  • repulsion
  • abjure
  • dislike
  • hate
  • despise
  • answer
  • answer
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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.

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How to use desire in a sentence

With every allusion that Ramona made to the saints' statues, Alessandro's desire to procure one for her deepened.
RAMONAHELEN HUNT JACKSON
To others the fierce desire for social justice obliterates all fear of a general catastrophe.
THE UNSOLVED RIDDLE OF SOCIAL JUSTICESTEPHEN LEACOCK
As Perker said this, he looked towards the door, with an evident desire to render the leave-taking as brief as possible.
THE POSTHUMOUS PAPERS OF THE PICKWICK CLUB, V. 2(OF 2)CHARLES DICKENS
"She used to be so well—so bright," said Angela, who also appeared to have the desire to say something kind and comfortable.
CONFIDENCEHENRY JAMES
What more could one desire of him, I pray, Than just to hop around and stand for K?
BOYS AND GIRLS BOOKSHELF; A PRACTICAL PLAN OF CHARACTER BUILDING, VOLUME I (OF 17)VARIOUS
She was putting her papers tidy again with calm fingers, while his own were almost cramped with the energy of suppressed desire.
THE WAVEALGERNON BLACKWOOD
He could go and live over in the Latin Quarter—that 's the desire of his heart—and think of nothing but old bottles.
CONFIDENCEHENRY JAMES
That title of Castile might become the cherished ideal in the Philippines if it were valued as I desire.
THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDSJOHN FOREMAN
Mankind, mad with the energy of activity, would be seen to pursue the fleeing phantom of insatiable desire.
THE UNSOLVED RIDDLE OF SOCIAL JUSTICESTEPHEN LEACOCK
The conservative senate sent a deputation to Bonaparte, expressing their desire that he would accept the title of emperor.
THE EVERY DAY BOOK OF HISTORY AND CHRONOLOGYJOEL MUNSELL
SYNONYM OF THE DAY
OCTOBER 26, 1985
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