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DESIRE, n.

1. An emotion or excitement of the mind, directed to the attainment or possession of an object from which pleasure, sensual, intellectual or spiritual, is expected; a passion excited by the love of an object, or uneasiness at the want of it, and directed to its attainment or possession. Desire is a wish to possess some gratification or source of happiness which is supposed to be obtainable. A wish may exist for something that is or is not abtainable. Desire, when directed solely to sensual enjoyment, differs little from appetite. In other languages, desire is expressed by longing or reaching toward, and when it is ardent or intense, it approaches to longing, but the word in English usually expresses less than longing.

We endeavored-to see your face with great desire. 1 Thess. 2.

Thou satisfiest the desires of every living thing. Ps. 145.

Desire is that internal act, which, by influencing the will, makes us proceed to action.

2. A prayer or request to obtain:

He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him. Ps. 145.

3. The object of desire; that which is desired.

The desire of all nations shall come. Hag. 2.

4. Love; affection.

His desire is toward me. Cant. 7.

5. Appetite; lust.

Fulfilling the desires of the flesh. Eph. 2.

DESIRE, v.t.

1. To wish for the possession or enjoyment of, with a greater or less degree of earnestness; to covet. It expresses less strength of affection than longing.

Neither shall any man desire thy land. Ex. 34.

Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts. 1 Cor. 14.

2. To express a wish to obtain; to ask; to request; to petition.

Then she said, did I desire a son of my Lord? 2 Kings 4.

3. To require.



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DESIRE, n.

1. An emotion or excitement of the mind, directed to the attainment or possession of an object from which pleasure, sensual, intellectual or spiritual, is expected; a passion excited by the love of an object, or uneasiness at the want of it, and directed to its attainment or possession. Desire is a wish to possess some gratification or source of happiness which is supposed to be obtainable. A wish may exist for something that is or is not abtainable. Desire, when directed solely to sensual enjoyment, differs little from appetite. In other languages, desire is expressed by longing or reaching toward, and when it is ardent or intense, it approaches to longing, but the word in English usually expresses less than longing.

We endeavored-to see your face with great desire. 1 Thess. 2.

Thou satisfiest the desires of every living thing. Ps. 145.

Desire is that internal act, which, by influencing the will, makes us proceed to action.

2. A prayer or request to obtain:

He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him. Ps. 145.

3. The object of desire; that which is desired.

The desire of all nations shall come. Hag. 2.

4. Love; affection.

His desire is toward me. Cant. 7.

5. Appetite; lust.

Fulfilling the desires of the flesh. Eph. 2.

DESIRE, v.t.

1. To wish for the possession or enjoyment of, with a greater or less degree of earnestness; to covet. It expresses less strength of affection than longing.

Neither shall any man desire thy land. Ex. 34.

Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts. 1 Cor. 14.

2. To express a wish to obtain; to ask; to request; to petition.

Then she said, did I desire a son of my Lord? 2 Kings 4.

3. To require.

DE-SIRE', n. [s as z; Fr. desir; It. desio; Sp. deseo; Port. desojo; Arm. desir. Qu. W. dais.]

  1. An emotion or excitement of the mind, directed to the attainment or possession of an object from which pleasure, sensual, intellectual or spiritual, is expected; a passion excited by the love of an object, or uneasiness at the want of it, and directed to its attainment or possession. Desire is a wish to possess some gratification or source of happiness which is supposed to be obtainable. A wish may exist for something that is or is not obtainable. Desire, when directed solely to sensual enjoyment, differs little from appetite. In other languages, desire is expressed by longing or reaching toward, [Gr. ορεγω, L. appeto,] and when it is ardent or intense, it approaches to longing, but the word in English usually expresses less than longing. We endeavored … to see your face with great desire. – 1 Thess. ii. Thou satisfiest the desires of every living thing. – Ps. cxlv. Desire is that internal act, which, by influencing the will, makes us proceed to action. – El. of Criticism.
  2. A prayer or request to obtain. He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him. – Ps. cxlv.
  3. The object of desire; that which is desired. The desire of all nations shall come. – Hag. ii.
  4. Love; affection. His desire is toward me. – Cant. vii.
  5. Appetite; lust. Fulfilling the desires of the flesh. – Eph. ii.

DE-SIRE', v.t. [Fr. desirer; Arm. desira; It. desiare, or desirare; Sp. desear; Port. desejar; supposed to be contracted from L. desidero, from desido, to sink or settle, to want. The latter seems to be the primary sense.]

  1. To wish for the possession or enjoyment of, with a greater or less degree of earnestness; to covet. It expresses less strength of affection than longing. Neither shall any man desire thy land. – Ex. xxxiv. Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts. – 1 Cor. xiv.
  2. To express a wish to obtain; to ask; to request; to petition. Then she said, did I desire a son of my Lord? – 2 Kings iv.
  3. To require. [Not in use.] – Spenser.

De*sire"
  1. To long for; to wish for earnestly; to covet.

    Neither shall any man desire thy land. Ex. xxxiv. 24.

    Ye desire your child to live. Tennyson.

  2. The natural longing that is excited by the enjoyment or the thought of any good, and impels to action or effort its continuance or possession; an eager wish to obtain or enjoy.

    Unspeakable desire to see and know. Milton.

  3. To express a wish for; to entreat; to request.

    Then she said, Did I desire a son of my lord? 2 Kings iv. 28.

    Desire him to go in; trouble him no more. Shak.

  4. An expressed wish; a request; petition.

    And slowly was my mother brought
    To yield consent to my desire.
    Tennyson.

  5. To require; to demand; to claim.

    [Obs.]

    A doleful case desires a doleful song. Spenser.

  6. Anything which is desired; an object of longing.

    The Desire of all nations shall come. Hag. ii. 7.

  7. To miss; to regret.

    [Obs.]

    She shall be pleasant while she lives, and desired when she dies. Jer. Taylor.

    Syn. -- To long for; hanker after; covet; wish; ask; request; solicit; entreat; beg. -- To Desire, Wish. In desire the feeling is usually more eager than in wish. "I wish you to do this" is a milder form of command than "I desire you to do this," though the feeling prompting the injunction may be the same. C. J. Smith.

  8. Excessive or morbid longing; lust; appetite.
  9. Grief; regret.

    [Obs.] Chapman.

    Syn. -- Wish; appetency; craving; inclination; eagerness; aspiration; longing.

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Desire

DESIRE, noun

1. An emotion or excitement of the mind, directed to the attainment or possession of an object from which pleasure, sensual, intellectual or spiritual, is expected; a passion excited by the love of an object, or uneasiness at the want of it, and directed to its attainment or possession. desire is a wish to possess some gratification or source of happiness which is supposed to be obtainable. A wish may exist for something that is or is not abtainable. desire when directed solely to sensual enjoyment, differs little from appetite. In other languages, desire is expressed by longing or reaching toward, and when it is ardent or intense, it approaches to longing, but the word in English usually expresses less than longing.

We endeavored-to see your face with great desire 1 Thessalonians 2:17.

Thou satisfiest the desires of every living thing. Psalms 145:16.

DESIRE is that internal act, which, by influencing the will, makes us proceed to action.

2. A prayer or request to obtain:

He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him. Psalms 145:16.

3. The object of desire; that which is desired.

The desire of all nations shall come. Haggai 2:7.

4. Love; affection.

His desire is toward me. Song of Solomon 7:10.

5. Appetite; lust.

Fulfilling the desires of the flesh. Ephesians 2:3.

DESIRE, verb transitive

1. To wish for the possession or enjoyment of, with a greater or less degree of earnestness; to covet. It expresses less strength of affection than longing.

Neither shall any man desire thy land. Exodus 34:24.

Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts. 1 Corinthians 14:1.

2. To express a wish to obtain; to ask; to request; to petition.

Then she said, did I desire a son of my Lord? 2 Kings 4:28.

3. To require.

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