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