Synonyms of desire in English:


See definition of desire


1‘I had a desire to see the world’


wish, want

fancy, inclination, aspiration, impulse, preference

yearning, longing, craving, hankering, pining, ache, hunger, thirst, itch, burning, need

eagerness, enthusiasm, determination

predilection, proclivity, predisposition

informal yen

2‘he gazed at her, his eyes glittering with desire’


lust, lustfulness, sexual appetite, sexual attraction, passion, carnal passion, libido, sensuality, sexuality

lasciviousness, lechery, lecherousness, salaciousness, libidinousness, lewdness, licentiousness, prurience, wantonness, carnality

informal the hots, raunchiness, horniness

British informal randiness

rare concupiscence


1‘they earnestly desired peace’


wish for, want, long for, yearn for, crave, set one's heart on, hanker after, hanker for, pine after, pine for, thirst for, itch for, be desperate for, be bent on, have a need for, covet, aspire to

have a fancy for, fancy, feel like, feel in need of

informal have a yen for, yen for, be dying for

2‘she knew he wanted her as much as she desired him’


be attracted to, lust after, burn for, be captivated by, be infatuated by

informal fancy, lech after, lech over, have the hots for, have a crush on, be mad about, be wild about, go for