desire

If you're talking about the longings of the heart, use the word desire. When you are studying for a difficult history exam, the desire to be somewhere far away doing something fun might be very strong!

Desire can be used as both a noun and a verb. Is your boyfriend your heart's desire? Your parents probably desire your punctual appearance at the dinner table every evening. Desire is usually used not just when you long for any old thing, but for something that is associated with giving great pleasure. Thus, you might want to get an A on a test, but you desire a piece of chocolate cake.

Definitions of desire
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n the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state

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ambition, aspiration, dream
a cherished desire
bloodlust
a desire for bloodshed
temptation
the desire to have or do something that you know you should avoid
craving
an intense desire for some particular thing
want, wish, wishing
a specific feeling of desire
hungriness, longing, yearning
prolonged unfulfilled desire or need
concupiscence, eros, physical attraction, sexual desire
a desire for sexual intimacy
itch, urge
a strong restless desire
caprice, impulse, whim
a sudden desire
American Dream
the widespread aspiration of Americans to live better than their parents did
emulation
ambition to equal or excel
nationalism
the aspiration for national independence felt by people under foreign domination
appetence, appetency, appetite
a feeling of craving something
addiction
an abnormally strong craving
velleity
a mere wish, unaccompanied by effort to obtain
hankering, yen
a yearning for something or to do something
pining
a feeling of deep longing
wishfulness
an unrealistic yearning
wistfulness
a sadly pensive longing
nostalgia
longing for something past
erotic love, love, sexual love
a deep feeling of sexual desire and attraction
aphrodisia
a desire for heterosexual intimacy
anaphrodisia
decline or absence of sexual desire
passion
a feeling of strong sexual desire
sensualism, sensuality, sensualness
desire for sensual pleasures
amativeness, amorousness, eroticism, erotism, sexiness
the arousal of feelings of sexual desire
fetish
a form of sexual desire in which gratification depends to an abnormal degree on some object or item of clothing or part of the body
libido
(psychoanalysis) a Freudian term for sexual urge or desire
lecherousness, lust, lustfulness
a strong sexual desire
nymphomania
abnormally intense sexual desire in women
satyriasis
abnormally intense sexual desire in men
the hots
intense sexual desire
discontent, discontentedness, discontentment
a longing for something better than the present situation
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feeling
the experiencing of affective and emotional states

n an inclination to want things

“a man of many desires
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hunger, hungriness, thirst, thirstiness
strong desire for something (not food or drink)
greed
excessive desire to acquire or possess more (especially more material wealth) than one needs or deserves
avarice, avariciousness, covetousness, cupidity
extreme greed for material wealth
possessiveness
excessive desire to possess or dominate
acquisitiveness
strong desire to acquire and possess
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inclination, tendency
a characteristic likelihood of or natural disposition toward a certain condition or character or effect

n something that is desired

Types:
passion, rage
something that is desired intensely
materialism, philistinism
a desire for wealth and material possessions with little interest in ethical or spiritual matters
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arousal
a state of heightened physiological activity

v feel or have a desire for; want strongly

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want
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crave, hunger, lust, starve, thirst
have a craving, appetite, or great desire for
fancy, go for, take to
have a fancy or particular liking or desire for
miss
feel or suffer from the lack of
hope
be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes
wish
hope for; have a wish
wish, wish well
feel or express a desire or hope concerning the future or fortune of
care, like, wish
prefer or wish to do something
itch, spoil
have a strong desire or urge to do something
like
want to have
ambition
have as one's ambition
feel like
have an inclination for something or some activity
begrudge, envy
be envious of; set one's heart on
lech after, lust after
have a strong sexual desire for
hanker, long, yearn
desire strongly or persistently
seek
try to get or reach
regret
feel sad about the loss or absence of
ache, languish, pine, yearn, yen
have a desire for something or someone who is not present
please
be the will of or have the will (to)
hope, trust
expect and wish
covet
wish, long, or crave for (something, especially the property of another person)
bid
make a serious effort to attain something
quest
make a search (for)

v express a desire for

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bespeak, call for, quest, request
express the need or desire for; ask for

v expect and wish

Synonyms:
hope, trust
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wish
hope for; have a wish

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