Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French desirer, from Latin desiderare, from de- + sider-, sidus heavenly body
Date: 13th century
1. to long or hope for ; exhibit or feel desire for <desire success> 2. a. to express a wish for ; request <they desire an immediate answer> b. archaic to express a wish to ; ask 3. obsolete invite 4. archaic to feel the loss of intransitive verb to have or feel desire Synonyms: desire, wish, want, crave, covet mean to have a longing for. desire stresses the strength of feeling and often implies strong intention or aim <desires to start a new life>. wish sometimes implies a general or transient longing especially for the unattainable <wishes for permanent world peace>. want specifically suggests a felt need or lack <wants to have a family>. crave stresses the force of physical appetite or emotional need <craves sweets>. covet implies strong envious desire <covets his rise to fame>. II. noun Date: 14th century 1. conscious impulse toward something that promises enjoyment or satisfaction in its attainment 2. a. longing, craving b. sexual urge or appetite 3. a usually formal request or petition for some action 4. something desired
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.