desire ( desires plural & 3rd person present) ( desiring present participle) ( desired past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A desire is a strong wish to do or have something.
oft N to-inf, N for n
I had a strong desire to help and care for people..., They seem to have lost their desire for life.
2 verb If you desire something, you want it.
FORMAL no cont
She had remarried and desired a child with her new husband... V n
But Fred was bored and desired to go home... V to-inf
desired adj ADJ n
You may find that just threatening this course of action will produce the desired effect...
3 n-uncount Desire for someone is a strong feeling of wanting to have sex with them.
Teenage sex, for instance, may come not out of genuine desire but from a need to get love.
4 If you say that something leaves a lot to be desired, you mean that it is not as good as it should be.
sth leaves a lot/much/a great deal to be desired phrase V inflects (disapproval)
The selection of TV programmes, especially at the weekend, leaves a lot to be desired...
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