AskDefine | Define desire

Dictionary Definition



1 the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
2 an inclination to want things; "a man of many desires"
3 something that is desired


1 feel or have a desire for; want strongly; "I want to go home now"; "I want my own room" [syn: want]
2 expect and wish; "I trust you will behave better from now on"; "I hope she understands that she cannot expect a raise" [syn: hope, trust]
3 express a desire for

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. More formal or stronger word for want.
    I desire to speak with you.
  2. Another word for want, connoting emotion.
    She has been desiring him since they first met.


formal or strong
  • Danish: ønske
  • Finnish: tahtoa, mieliä, haluta
  • French: désirer
  • German: begehren
  • Hebrew: להשתוקק (lehishtoqeq)
  • Korean: 바라다 (barada), 원하다 (wonhada)
  • Portuguese: desejar
  • Russian: желать (želát’)
  • Spanish: desear
  • Tamil: ஆசை
  • Telugu: ఆశ, కోరిక, ఇచ్చ, అపేక్ష, అభిలాష, వాంఛ
connoting emotion


  1. Someone or something wished for.
    It is my desire to speak with you
    You’re my heart’s desire.
  2. Strong attraction, particularly romantic.
    His desire for her kept him awake at night.
  3. The feeling of desire.
    Too much desire can seriously affect one’s judgment.


something wished for
  • Danish: ønske
  • Finnish: halu
  • French: désir
  • German: Begehren
  • Greek: επιθυμία
  • Irish: mian
  • Italian: desiderio
  • Kurdish: , ,
  • Norwegian: ønske
  • Old English: lust
  • Portuguese: desejo
  • Russian: желание
  • Slovene: želja
strong attraction
  • Danish: begær, lyst
  • Finnish: halu
  • French: désir
  • German: Begehren
  • Hebrew: תשוקה
  • Italian: desiderio
  • Kurdish:
  • Old English: lust
  • Portuguese: desejo
  • Russian: желание, вожделение, влечение
  • Slovene: poželenje
  • Telugu: ఆకర్షణ
feeling of desire

See also

Extensive Definition

Desire is a strong wish or craving.
Desire may also refer to:



Film and television

  • Desire (1936 film), a 1936 film starring Marlene Dietrich and Gary Cooper
  • Desire (TV series), a telenovela on the United States broadcast television network MyNetworkTV
  • Desire Inc. (1990), a video documentary of unconventional television advertisements created by video artist Lynn Hershman
  • Wings of Desire, a 1987 film by German director Wim Wenders
  • "Desire", an episode from season 3 of the medical drama Grey's Anatomy


Other uses

  • Desire line, the shortest route between an origin and destination, which shows where people want to travel
  • Desire Street, a famous street in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Desire, a ship sailed by Thomas Cavendish and John Davis on their explorations in the 1590s
desire in German: Verlangen
desire in Spanish: Deseo
desire in French: Desire
desire in Galician: Desexo
desire in Ido: Deziro
desire in Italian: Desiderio
desire in Dutch: Desire
desire in Japanese: デザイアー
desire in Russian: Желание

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Amor, Christian love, Eros, Platonic love, address, admiration, adoration, affection, agape, aim, aim at, ambition, andromania, animus, aphrodisia, appeal, appetence, appetency, appetite, appetition, application, apply for, ardency, ardor, ask, ask for, asking, aspiration, aspire, aspire after, aspire to, assumption, assurance, assured faith, attachment, avarice, bank on, be after, be desirous of, be in heat, beg leave, bespeak, biological urge, bodily appetite, bodily love, brotherly love, call for, caritas, carnal desire, catch, charity, cheerful expectation, choice, choose, choose to, come in, command, conation, conatus, concupiscence, confide, confidence, conjugal love, conviction, counsel, count on, covet, crave, craving, cupidity, dearest wish, decide, decision, decree, demand, dependence, desiderate, desideration, desideratum, desiderium, design, destine, determination, determine, devotion, discretion, disposition, doomed hope, drive at, effect, enjoy, entreaty, eromania, eros, eroticism, eroticomaniac, erotism, erotomania, estruate, expect, expectation, expressed desire, fair prospect, faith, faithful love, fancy, favor, feel confident, fervent hope, fervor, file for, fixed purpose, flame, fleshly lust, fondness, forbidden fruit, free choice, free love, free will, free-lovism, function, furor uterinus, glimmering goal, go for, goatishness, golden vision, good cheer, good hope, grab, grab at, great expectations, greed, gynecomania, hanker, hanker after, hankering, harbor a design, harbor the hope, have designs on, have every intention, heart, hero worship, high hopes, hope, hope against hope, hope and pray, hope for, hope in, hope to God, hopeful prognosis, hopefulness, hopes, hoping, hoping against hope, horniness, hot blood, hot pants, hunger, hungering, idea, idolatry, idolism, idolization, impetration, importune, inclination, indecency, indent, infantile sexuality, intend, intendment, intent, intention, itch, itch for, jump at, lasciviousness, lean upon, lecherousness, lechery, libidinousness, libido, lickerishness, like, liking, live in hopes, lodestone, long, long for, longing, love, lovemaking, lust, lust after, lustfulness, magnet, make a request, make a requisition, make application, married love, mean, meaning, mind, motive, nisus, nurture the hope, nymphomania, objective, order, pant, passion, petition, physical love, pine, pine for, pining, plan, pleasure, plum, point, polymorphous perversity, popular regard, popularity, prayerful hope, prefer, presume, presumption, prize, project, promise, proposal, propose, prospect, prospects, prospectus, prurience, pruriency, purport, purpose, put in for, rapacity, regard, reliance, rely on, request, require, requirement, requisition, resolution, resolve, rest assured, rut, sake, salaciousness, sanguine expectation, satyriasis, satyrism, security, see fit, sentiment, sex, sexual desire, sexual longing, sexual love, sexual passion, shine, sigh for, snatch, snatch at, solicit, spiritual love, striving, study, summon, take to, temptation, tender feeling, tender passion, think, think fit, think good, think proper, thirst, thirsting, trophy, truelove, trust, urge, uxoriousness, velleity, venereal appetite, view, volition, want, weakness, well-grounded hope, whistle for, will, will power, wish, wish for, wish to goodness, wish very much, worship, would fain do, yearn, yearn for, yearning, yen
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