Definition of desirous in English:



  • [predicative] Having or characterized by desire.

    ‘the Pope was desirous of peace in Europe’
    • ‘Whether you believe in evolution, creation or intelligent design, the human male is uniquely designed and desirous to accomplish these tasks.’
    • ‘I was so desirous to please everyone that I did nothing for myself.’
    • ‘It would appear that my previous monographs had been so well received that they are desirous of an encore, a repeat performance, a reprise.’
    • ‘In this era of mass media and information technology, anyone desirous of seeking knowledge of other faiths can do so.’
    • ‘Those desirous could even choose this as the main profession.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the second verse, Duke continues that many of them are desirous of luxury, money, homes, and perceived economic freedom.’
    • ‘Miles is in Atlanta, still desirous of going into space.’
    • ‘At this point I was desirous of dying and disappearing at the same time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I cannot be ignorant of the fact that many worthy and patriotic citizens are desirous of having the national Constitution amended.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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'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.’
    • ‘What other endings are less desirous but possible?’
    • ‘Doctors are often portrayed as sincere and kindhearted people desirous of relieving the suffering of others.’
    • ‘A lecture on marriage among these challenged persons preceded the meeting of young people who were desirous of getting married in the immediate future.’
    • ‘Should justice prevail, it will be recorded as ‘a war of terrorism’ against a population desirous of peace and national independence.’
    • ‘And so during holidays, an array of jobs await all those who are desirous of striking gold as early as possible.’
    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
    ambitious for, aspiring to
    covetous, envious
    dying for
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Middle English: from Old French desireus, based on Latin desiderare to desire (see desiderate).