- 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.]
- 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.]
- To require; to demand; to claim.(Obs)"A doleful case desires a doleful song." [Spenser.]
- To miss; to regret.(Obs)"She shall be pleasant while she lives, and desired when she dies." [Jer. Taylor.]synonyms: To long for; hanker after; covet; wish; ask; request; solicit; entreat; beg.
Usage: 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.
Etymology: F. désirer, L. desiderare, origin uncertain, perh. fr. de- + sidus star, constellation, and hence orig., to turn the eyes from the stars. Cf. Consider, and Desiderate, and see Sidereal