Desire and Want


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Desire noun – A strong wish for something.
Usage example: a desire for adventure and excitement prompted him to travel to Africa

Want is a synonym for desire in wish topic. In some cases you can use "Want" instead the word "Desire" as a verb or a noun, when it comes to topics like feeling, aspiration, long for, want badly. popular alternative
Nearby Words: desirous, desirable, desired, desiring, Desiree
Synonyms for Desire


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Want verb – To have an earnest wish to own or enjoy.
Usage example: I want a new car so badly!

Desire is a synonym for want in feeling topic. You can use "Desire" instead the word "Want" as a noun or a verb, if it concerns topics such as wish, aspiration, long for, want badly. popular alternative
Nearby Words: wanting, wanted
Synonyms for Want

How words are described

good good desire good want
original original desire original want
true true desire true want
actual actual desire actual want
Other adjectives: real, earnest, extreme, great, little, personal, ultimate, understandable, desperate, strongest.

Common collocations

love desire love want love
attention desire attention want attention
power desire power want power
life desire life want life
Other nouns: kind, sex, peace, children, world, money, game, nothing, war, revenge, whatever, women, friends.

Both words in one sentence

  • I Just Want to Have Friends I Just Want To Have Friends, like The Four Loves, is a form of Wish Fulfillment answering to the desire that some members of the audience have to form many close friendships.
  • Even the villains ultimately desire freedom above all else (though they also want other things like power).
  • But "want" originally meant "lack" or "need"; the modern meaning of "desire" or "to wish for" didn't arise until the 19th century.
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