One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Feel a keen desire for (something lacking or absent)‘I desiderate the resources of a family’
long for, yearn for, hunger for, thirst for, dream of, aspire to, set one's heart on, have as one's aim, have as one's goal, seek, be bent onView synonyms
- ‘The peace and rest, the security desiderated at such moments is security against the bewildering accidents of so much finite experience.’
- ‘Here again I would stress that the attention which is desiderated in connection with the bodily function must be some close and intimate service to the person or claimant.’
- ‘Her appearance is certainly attractive, but perhaps not in the full-blown buxom style desiderated.’
- ‘The woman translating in our earphones was so thickly Russian-accented and unable to keep up as to make a translator of the translator strongly desiderated.’
- ‘It is not an absolute clarity or an absolute absence of any possible ambiguity which is desiderated.’
Mid 17th century: from Latin desiderat- ‘desired’, from the verb desiderare, perhaps from de- ‘down’ + sidus, sider- ‘star’. Compare with consider.
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