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Desire appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Go, desire vagina. Man I gave. Rise, dog.
  • All I roger is edified art I trade if I desire gorilla.
  • Desserts I desire not, so long no lost one rise distressed.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb desire:


Desire is sometimes a misspelling of desirable.

The word desire is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

Definition of the noun desire

What does desire mean as a name of something?

Desire is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: desires

  1. the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
  2. an inclination to want things
    • example: a man of many desires
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic words: inclination / tendency = a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect
    • more specific words:
  3. something that is desired
    • lexical domain: States - nouns denoting stable states of affairs
    • more generic word: arousal = a state of heightened physiological activity
    • more specific words:
      • passion / rage = something that is desired intensely
      • philistinism / materialism = a desire for wealth and material possessions with little interest in ethical or spiritual matters

Alternative definition of the noun desire


  1. Someone or something wished for.
  2. [uncountable] Strong attraction, particularly romantic.
  3. [uncountable] The feeling of desire.

Definition of the verb desire

What does desire mean as a doing word?

Desire is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: desired | desiring | desires

  1. feel or have a desire for; want strongly
    • example: They desire to move
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme]I needed him here
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Adjective]She wanted the meat red
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme] for [Attribute]Dorothy needs her for her skills
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, accusative with -ing]I need him cooking
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, for-complement clause]I need for her to be happy
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, -ing]I need exercising
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, noun phrase with past participle]I need the children found
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, noun phrase with infinitive]I needed him to go
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, possessive with -ing]I needed his cooking
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, subject control with infinitive]I needed to come
      [Experiencer - being] [Verb] [Theme, to be]I need him to be nice

      Verbs of Desire (with the same syntax): like, need, prefer, want.

    • lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
    • synonym of desire: want
    • more specific terms:
  2. expect and wish
    • example: They desire to move
    • lexical domain: Emotions - verbs of feeling
    • synonyms of desire: hope / trust
    • more generic word: wish = hope for
  3. express a desire for

Alternative definition of the verb desire


  1. More formal or stronger word for want.
  2. Another word for want, connoting emotion.

Phrases with Desire

  1. Desire Line
  2. desire to know
  3. sexual desire

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Desire

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Google previewAltared Ground (1996)

Levinas, History, and Violence by Brian Schroeder

Desire is a movement towards the Other that does not strive to bring the Other into any comprehension on the part of the selfsame consciousness. The Other is desired precisely because the Other is other and not for any ulterior motive.

Google previewSpiritual Fitness (2001)

by Lynn A. Anderson

Desire is the fuel that brings our dreams into manifestation. But like all emotions desire is a two edged sword. On one...

Google previewProximity Levinas, Blanchot, Bataille and Communication (2012)

by Joseph Libertson

Desire is the excess of closure over the possibility of closure itself as totalization. This excess...

Google previewIn His Image (2007)

by Matthew Lee Smith

” God's deepest desire is your joy! God's deepest desire is that we remember Him! There are few more humiliating things in life than ...

Google previewThe Poverty of Radical Orthodoxy (2012)

by Lisa Isherwood, Marko Zlomislic

Desire is the presence of an absence which marks all speech, “an insatiable longing for 'something more,' through...

Google previewThe Philosophy of Desire in the Buddhist Pali Canon (2004)

by David Webster

Desire is the force that confirms us as not etre-en-soi, but as etre-pour-soi.

Google previewSufi Bodies (2011)

Religion and Society in Medieval Islam by Shahzad Bashir

Desire is a matter deeply interwoven through Sufi ideas from the earliest periods. ... desired.1 As stories discussed in the previous chapter can attest, irada as desire is the driving force behind love relationships between masters and disciples.

Google previewJust Start (2012)

Take Action, Embrace Uncertainty, Create the Future by Leonard A. Schlesinger, Charles F. Kiefer

Desire is a word people rarely use in connection with commerce. When it surfaces, some people are...

Google previewThe Readable Dictionary (1860)

by John Williams (of Lancaster, O.)

Desire. DESIRE is an inclination of the mind toward anything that is adapted to gratify. A WISH is, 1.

Google previewLyotard Dictionary (2011)

by Stuart Sim

Desire as formulated in Lyotard's Libidinal Economy is an elusive and attractive concept, even if its definitional status remains perplexing.

Google previewThe Deleuze and Guattari Dictionary (2013)

by Eugene B. Young

It is to separate desire from its object, from its detour through the body, in order to relate it to a pure cause [LS 356, 317] c. The masochistic state where reality and phantasy are conflated, such that sexual experience is always ritualized (toward ...

Google previewFlip Dictionary (2002)

by Barbara Kipfer

pleasing, seductive, suited, tantalizing, welcome, worthwhile desirable reward: plum desire: appetence, appetency, appetite, ardor, aspire, care, covet, crave, craving, cupidity, fancy, fantasy, hankering, hope, hunger, inclination, itch, longing, ...

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Quotes about Desire

Desire is poverty. Desire is the greatest impurity of the mind. Desire is the motive force for action. Desire in the mind is the real impurity. Even a spark of desire is a very great evil. (Swami Sivananda)
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Scrabble value of D2E1S1I1R1E1

The value of this 6-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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