Synonyms of desire in English:


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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