Definition of appetite in English:

appetite

noun

  • 1A natural desire to satisfy a bodily need, especially for food.

    ‘he has a healthy appetite’
    mass noun ‘they suffered from loss of appetite’
    • ‘The museum claimed to serve the cause of moral reformation, but it really worked on base emotions and bodily appetites.’
    • ‘The selection of salads and potato dishes on offer does not sound substantial enough to satisfy big appetites.’
    • ‘They both have very healthy appetites, due to the fact they enjoy their food.’
    • ‘It was delicious and just enough to satisfy my appetite while not being too filling.’
    • ‘As a taster of what's to come, this comes close to completely satisfying the appetite.’
    • ‘Another one is control of our bodily appetites and thoughts, which we're not so good at, these days.’
    • ‘Just at this time he made a discovery that helped him satisfy their new appetite for solid food.’
    • ‘Now, it is true that virtue and chastity are not the same thing but, like any of the natural appetites, a question of moderation is involved.’
    • ‘We can choose to satisfy out appetites with healthy food, eating when we are hungry and stopping when we are full.’
    • ‘Perhaps it is down to all the steroid hormones pumped into livestock to make them bigger in order to satisfy our insatiable appetites for dead animal.’
    • ‘Activity that expresses the virtue of moderation is also excellent activity when it comes to the bodily appetites.’
    • ‘And we could have sliced the cost in half by cutting out such things as starters, and still have emerged our appetites pleasantly satisfied.’
    • ‘These characters will do anything to satisfy their appetites, whether for food, drink, or sex.’
    • ‘They had to collect six trucks of grass every day to satisfy the appetites of their cows.’
    • ‘They believed that following our natural appetites is a generally reliable guide to living well.’
    • ‘While hunger and appetite are often experienced together, when we are hungry and want a particular food, appetites for foods can occur in the absence of hunger.’
    • ‘Nor did such foods come into prevalence because of natural human appetites.’
    • ‘Since they saw no contradiction between bodily appetites and godliness they would be relaxed about the display of sexual characteristics like the beard.’
    • ‘Apparently, some people even lose their appetites if otherwise good food is served with an unexpected color.’
    • ‘Dressed only in towelling robes, we began to snack on some food to fuel our appetites: peanut butter on toast for him, Marmite sandwich for me.’
    hunger, ravenousness, hungriness, need for food
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    1. 1.1 A strong desire or liking for something.
      ‘her appetite for life’
      • ‘There is clearly an appetite and demand from the public for access to private historic houses.’
      • ‘His appetites in the energy sector and his ambitions to restore his positions in the gas business might have lead to the event as of Friday.’
      • ‘Perhaps then their appetite for loud and highly dangerous explosions would be satisfied.’
      • ‘Rather something arouses us and accustoms our appetites and our desires to that which expands our longing.’
      • ‘Ironically, Australians love to watch sport but they are losing their appetite to play it.’
      • ‘One had appetites and ambitions, talents and desires, capacities and potential, drive and vision, questions and curiosity.’
      • ‘Ever longed for that in-between meals treat, but don't want to ruin a healthy appetite for punk rock?’
      • ‘In Scotland this appetite for debate is as strong as elsewhere in Britain.’
      • ‘The strong appetite for a piece of Ireland was often shallow, faddish and dishonest.’
      • ‘Did the film whet your appetite for another long, epic story of love, loyalty and bloody warfare?’
      • ‘His positioning was faultless and his appetite for pain and mayhem truly awesome.’
      • ‘If television is anything to go by, there seems to be a huge appetite for shows about the love lives of rich New Yorkers.’
      • ‘This number and the whole evening satisfied appetites for thoughtful music and left people hungry for more.’
      • ‘Kicking off the summer dance season this week are two festivals that will satisfy even the most insatiable of dance appetites.’
      • ‘Of course, to be patient, you have to have a long investing horizon and an appetite for some risk.’
      • ‘He had a great appetite for working on the land and was in ready demand around the locality.’
      • ‘Maybe that explains her passion for fine red wines and her insatiable appetite for weirdness of all flavors.’
      • ‘The two nations' appetites for oil are burgeoning, demanding more and more from the world's oil wells.’
      • ‘He had an immense appetite for life and loved gadgetry of all sorts, especially cars and boats.’
      • ‘There is an appetite for a balance between both strong leadership and a democratic system.’
      craving, longing, yearning, hankering, hunger, thirst, passion, relish, lust, love, zest, gusto, avidity, ardour
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French apetit (modern appétit), from Latin appetitus ‘desire for’, from appetere ‘seek after’, from ad- ‘to’ + petere ‘seek’.

Pronunciation

appetite

/ˈapɪtʌɪt/