Synonyms of 'desire'
1 wantDictionary, long for, craveHe was bored and desired change in his life.
My husband really wants a new car.
There may be certain times of day when smokers crave a cigarette.
I just fancied a drink.
She coveted his job so openly that conversations between them were tense.
people who aspire to public office
They both wished for a son to carry on the family business.
In 1969 I hankered after a floor-length suede coat.
set your heart on
2 requestDictionary, ask, petitionHis Majesty desires me to make his wishes known to you.
They requested him to leave.
We had to ask him to leave.
She is petitioning to regain custody of the child.
They were soliciting Nader's supporters to re-register as Republicans.
They entreated the audience to stay calm.
beggars importuning passers-by
1 wishDictionary, want, longingI had a strong desire to help and care for people.
Clearly she had no wish for his company.
The company needs to respond to the wants of our customers.
He felt a longing for the familiar.
The need for revenge kept eating at me.
Kevin hasn't given up hope of being fit.
He had an urge to open a shop of his own.
Mike had a yen to try cycling.
He has a hunger for success that seems bottomless.
our growing appetite for scandal
the needs and aspirations of our pupils
an overwhelming ache for support from others
He had a sudden craving for a glass of brandy.
He spoke of his yearning for another child.
He had neither the time nor the inclination to think about it.
their ever-growing thirst for cash
Have you always had a hankering to be an actress?
2 lustDictionary, passion, libidoTeenage sex may not always come out of genuine desire.
His lust for her grew until it was overpowering.
Romeo's passion for Juliet
Lack of sleep is a major factor in loss of libido.
His lechery made him the enemy of every father in the country.
randiness (informal, mainly British)
3 requestDictionary, appeal, petition
They agreed to his request for help.
The government issued a last-minute appeal to him to return.
a humble petition to Saint Anthony
They have resisted all entreaties to pledge their support for the campaign.
He raised his arms in a gesture of supplication.
related adjective orectic
We do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, but gradually our desire changes – Remembrance of Things Past]There are two tragedies in life. One is not to get your heart's desire. The other is to get it – Man and Superman]If you desire many things, many things will seem but a few – Poor Richard's Almanack]
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Thesaurus for desire from the Collins English Thesaurus
A desire is a strong wish to do or have something.