Desirable

  • 1 désirable — [ dezirabl ] adj. • XIIe; de désirer 1 ♦ Qui mérite d être désiré; qui excite le désir. ⇒ appétissant, attrayant, enviable, intéressant, séduisant, souhaitable, tentant. « Le seul progrès désirable consiste dans l amélioration des âmes » (Renan) …

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  • 2 Desirable — Directed by Archie Mayo Produced by Edward Chodorov Written by Mary C. McCall Jr. Starring George Brent …

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  • 3 désirable — DÉSIRABLE. adj. des 2 genr. Qui mérite d être désiré. De tous les biens, la santé est le plus désirable. Un état, une situation désirable. Une femme fort désirable …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • 4 Desirable — De*sir a*ble, a. [F. d[ e]sirable, fr. L. desiderabilis. See {Desire}, v. t.] Worthy of desire or longing; fitted to excite desire or a wish to possess; pleasing; agreeable. [1913 Webster] All of them desirable young men. Ezek. xxiii. 12. [1913… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 desirable — late 14c., from O.Fr. desirable (12c.), from dasirer (see DESIRE (Cf. desire)). Related: Desirability …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 desirable — [adj1] attractive, seductive adorable, alluring, beautiful*, charming, covetable, enticing, fascinating, fetching, sexy; concepts 372,579 Ant. bad, disagreeable, disgusting, unattractive, undesirable desirable [adj2] advantageous, good acceptable …

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  • 7 desirable — Desirable. adj. v. de tout genre, Qui est à desirer. C est un bien desirable que la santé …

    Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • 8 desirable — ► ADJECTIVE 1) wished for as being attractive, useful, or necessary. 2) (of a person) arousing sexual desire. ► NOUN ▪ a desirable person or thing. DERIVATIVES desirability noun desirableness noun desirably adverb …

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  • 9 desirable — [di zīr′ə bəl] adj. [ME < OFr: see DESIRE & ABLE] 1. worth wanting or having; worthwhile, beneficial, expedient, etc. 2. arousing desire; pleasing, attractive, etc. n. a desirable person or thing desirability n. desirableness desirably adv …

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  • 10 desirable — I (pleasing) adjective enjoyable, gratifying, pleasant, pleasurable, pleasureful, welcome II (qualified) adjective acceptable, eligible, entitled, qualified, recommendable, suitable, worthy III …

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  • 11 desirable — Desirable, id est, digne d estre desiré, Optabilis …

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  • 12 désirable — (dé zi ra bl ; plusieurs, dit l Académie, écrivent desirable et prononcent de zi ra bl ) adj. Qui mérite d être désiré. •   Ô désirable fin de leurs peines passées, MALH. I, 4. •   Elle ne peut laisser ce lieu tant désirable, VOIT. dans RICHELET …

    Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • 13 desirable — adj. 1 (formal) to be wished for VERBS ▪ be, seem ▪ become ▪ consider sth, deem sth, feel sth (esp. BrE), regard sth as …

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  • 14 desirable — adj. 1) desirable to + inf. (it is desirable to wait) 2) desirable that + clause; subj. (it is desirable that you be/should be there by two o clock) * * * [dɪ zaɪ(ə)rəbl] subj. (it is desirable that you be/should be there by two o clock)… …

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  • 15 desirable — de|sir|a|ble [ dı zaırəbl ] adjective ** 1. ) something that is desirable has qualities that make you want it: a desirable place to live highly desirable: a highly desirable present for any child a ) used for saying that you would like something… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 16 desirable */*/ — UK [dɪˈzaɪrəb(ə)l] / US adjective 1) a) something that is desirable has qualities that make you want it a desirable place to live highly desirable: a highly desirable present for any child b) used for saying that you would like something to… …

    English dictionary

  • 17 desirable — de|sir|a|ble [dıˈzaıərəbəl US ˈzaır ] adj 1.) formal something that is desirable is worth having or doing ▪ The ability to speak a foreign language is highly desirable . ▪ a desirable neighborhood ▪ It is desirable that you should have some… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 18 desirable — adjective formal 1 something that is desirable is worth having or doing because it is useful or popular: highly desirable (=very desirable) | it is desirable that: It is desirable that you should have some familiarity with computers. compare… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 desirable — [[t]dɪza͟ɪ͟ərəb(ə)l[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED Something that is desirable is worth having or doing because it is useful, necessary, or popular. Prolonged negotiation was not desirable... The crowd moved indoors for what were deemed the most desirable… …

    English dictionary

  • 20 desirable — desirability, desirableness, n. desirably, adv. /di zuyeur euh beuhl/, adj. 1. worth having or wanting; pleasing, excellent, or fine: a desirable apartment. 2. arousing desire or longing: a desirable man or woman. 3. advisable; recommendable: a… …

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