Definition of desirous in English:



  • predicative Having or characterized by desire.

    ‘the Pope was desirous of peace in Europe’
    • ‘He makes it quite clear that he dislikes the type of thin trim figures that are portrayed in the media and beauty magazines as beautiful and desirous.’
    • ‘A lecture on marriage among these challenged persons preceded the meeting of young people who were desirous of getting married in the immediate future.’
    • ‘At this point I was desirous of dying and disappearing at the same time.’
    • ‘Miles is in Atlanta, still desirous of going into space.’
    • ‘I cannot be ignorant of the fact that many worthy and patriotic citizens are desirous of having the national Constitution amended.’
    • ‘This was more or less the situation when European traders arrived with goods that they were desirous of exchanging with the farmers of the mainland and freshwater swamps.’
    • ‘What other endings are less desirous but possible?’
    • ‘It would appear that my previous monographs had been so well received that they are desirous of an encore, a repeat performance, a reprise.’
    • ‘Those desirous could even choose this as the main profession.’
    • ‘Whether you believe in evolution, creation or intelligent design, the human male is uniquely designed and desirous to accomplish these tasks.’
    • ‘In the second verse, Duke continues that many of them are desirous of luxury, money, homes, and perceived economic freedom.’
    • ‘It also offered training for young men desirous of becoming Agricultural Teachers or Land Stewards and the pupils attending the Agricultural School did so as boarders.’
    • ‘Should justice prevail, it will be recorded as ‘a war of terrorism’ against a population desirous of peace and national independence.’
    • ‘I was so desirous to please everyone that I did nothing for myself.’
    • ‘Doctors are often portrayed as sincere and kindhearted people desirous of relieving the suffering of others.’
    • ‘In this era of mass media and information technology, anyone desirous of seeking knowledge of other faiths can do so.’
    • ‘In western societies, the family support for higher learning is virtually absent and the desirous youth often find ways of appropriate jobs to support their expenditure.’
    • ‘A telephone booth was put up in front of the stall, and those desirous of seeking counselling could speak over the phone in privacy and get appropriate advice.’
    • ‘And so during holidays, an array of jobs await all those who are desirous of striking gold as early as possible.’
    • ‘What's more, I contend that a person who is self-assured and who is not desirous of doing an activity which he/she considers disagreeable will have no need for alcohol.’
    eager for, desiring, wishing for, hoping for, anxious for, keen for, keen on, avid for, craving for, yearning for, itching for, longing for, thirsty for, hungry for, ravening for, greedy for
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Middle English: from Old French desireus, based on Latin desiderare ‘to desire’ (see desiderate).