▶noun a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen.■ strong sexual feeling or appetite.■ something desired.▶verb strongly wish for or want.■ want sexually.■ archaic express a wish to (someone).
– origin ME: from OFr. desir (n.), desirer (v.), from L. desiderare (see desiderate).
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