Webster 1913 Edition
imp. & p. p.
p. pr. & vb. n.
To long for; to wish for earnestly; to covet.
Neither shall any man
Ex. xxxiv. 24.
desireyour child to live.
To express a wish for; to entreat; to request.
Then she said, Did I
desirea son of my lord?
2 Kings iv. 28.
Desirehim to go in; trouble him no more.
To require; to demand; to claim.
A doleful case
desiresa doleful song.
To miss; to regret.
Syn. – To long for; hanker after; covet; wish; ask; request; solicit; entreat; beg.
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.
desireto see and know.
An expressed wish; a request; petition.
And slowly was my mother brought
To yield consent to my
To yield consent to my
Anything which is desired; an object of longing.
Desireof all nations shall come.
Hag. ii. 7.
Excessive or morbid longing; lust; appetite.
Syn. – Wish; appetency; craving; inclination; eagerness; aspiration; longing.
Webster 1828 Edition
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.
His desire is toward me. Cant. 7.
Fulfilling the desires of the flesh. Eph. 2.
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.