From King Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdesirede‧sire1 /dɪˈzaɪə $ -ˈzaɪr/ ●●●W2 noun1[countable, uncountable]WANT a strong hope or wishdesire to do somethinga strong desire to windesire fora desire for knowledgedesire thatIt was Harold’s desire that he should be buried next to his wife.express/show a desireShe expressed a desire to visit us.have no desire to do something (=used to emphasize that you do not want to do something)I have no desire to cause any trouble.overwhelming/burning desire (=very strong desire)Paul had a burning desire to visit India.2[uncountable] formalSEX/HAVE SEX WITH a strong wish to have sex with someonefemale sexual desiredesire forHe tried to hide his desire for her. → your heart’s desireat heart1(24)COLLOCATIONSadjectivesgreat/strong His one great desire in life was to own a Mercedes.The desire was too strong to resist.overwhelming (=so strong that it takes control of you )He felt an overwhelming desire for a cigarette.deep/fierce (=very great)The people of the village had a deep desire for revenge.a genuine/real desireAll her life she had a genuine desire to help the poor.a natural desireKids have a natural desire to find out about new things.a burning desire (=an extremely strong desire)She had a burning desire to pack her case and leave.an insatiable desire (=a desire that cannot be satisfied)She had an insatiable desire for publicity.verbshave a desireMilly had a sudden strong desire to laugh.express a desireMany political leaders have expressed their desire for peace.show a desire (also indicate a desire formal)He had shown no desire to get involved in the project.satisfy/fulfil a desireCompanies aim to satisfy people's desire for variety.phraseshave no desire to do something (=used to emphasize that you do not want to do something)It was raining outside and I had no desire to go out.an object of desire (=someone or something you want very much)The store provides cheese lovers with the object of their desire.
Examples from the Corpus
desire• Concomitant with the obsession with dirt was a desire for order.• Young Peryoux left home for Paris, armed with a guitar, and a burningdesire to succeed.• After so many years of war, there was a great desire for peace.• The smell of her perfume was enough to awaken his desire for her.• Young children have a keendesire to learn and succeed.• The urgency of desiresurprised him.• But rather than sating desires, it seemed to fuel them toward even more escalation.• When she was drunk she could hardly contain her sexualdesires.• People have a strong desire for personalindependence.• Business leaders are driven by the profitmotive; government leaders are driven by the desire to get reelected.• To say nothing of the desires of the client.• As she held him close she was filled with desire.desire to do something• Open learning - all you need is pen and paper and a desire to learn.• Many expressed a desire to be able to get in touch, particularly with others who studied with them at Stirling.• He had no desire to take over the first place.• In our desire to become the architects of our own evolution, we risk the very realpossibility of losing our humanity.• Parents should find ways to stimulate their children's desire to learn.• One woman had expressed a strong desire to learn to read.• Slowly and selectively the understanding of change and the desire toparticipate began to spread.• Everyone gets hysterical the moment an adolescent or a woman announces the desire to be free.desiredesire2 ●●○ verb [transitive]1WANT formal to want something very muchThe hotel has everything you could possibly desire.desire to do somethingHe desired to return to Mexico.Add lemon juice if desired.RegisterIn everyday English, people usually say want rather than desire, although the meaning of desire is stronger than want: You can have anything you want.I wanted to meet her.2SEX/HAVE SEX WITH literary to want to have sex with someone —desired adjectiveHis remarks had the desired effect.GRAMMAR: Using the progressiveDesire is not usually used in the progressive. You say: He desires adventure.✗Don’t say: He is desiring adventure.→ See Verb table