DESIRE; wish, wish for; be desirous &c. adj.; have a longing &c. n.; hope [See Hope].
care for, affect, like, list [archaic]; take to, cling to, take a fancy to; fancy; prefer (choose) [See Choice]; have an eye to, have a mind to; find it in ones heart &c. (be willing) [See Willingness]; have a fancy for, set ones eyes upon; cast sheeps eyes upon, look sweet upon [colloq.]; take into ones head, have at heart, be bent upon; set ones cap at [colloq.], set ones heart upon, set ones mind upon; covet.
hunger -, thirst -, crave -, lust -, itch -, hanker -, run mad- after; raven for, die for; burn to; sigh -, cry -, gape -, gasp -, pine -, pant -, languish -, yearn -, long -, be on thorns -, hope- for; aspire after; catch at, grasp at, jump at.
woo, court, ogle, solicit; fish for, whistle for, put up for [slang].
WANT, miss, need, lack, desiderate, feel the want of; would fain -have, - do; would be glad of.
HUNGER; be hungry &c. adj.; have a good appetite, play a good knife and fork [colloq.].
ATTRACT, allure; cause -, create -, raise -, excite -, provoke- desire; whet the appetite; appetize, titillate, take ones fancy, tempt; hold out -temptation, - allurement; tantalize, make ones mouth water, faire venir leau à la bouche [F.].
GRATIFY DESIRE &c. (give pleasure) [See Pleasurableness].
DESIROUS; desiring &c. v.; orectic, appetitive; inclined (willing) [See Willingness]; partial to [colloq.]; fain, wishful, longing, wistful; optative; anxious, curious; at a loss for, sedulous, solicitous. eager, avid, keen; burning, fervent, ardent; agog; all agog; breathless; impatient (impetuous) [See Excitability]; bent -, intent -, set- -on, - upon; mad after, enragé [F.], rabid, dying for, devoured by desire.
aspiring, ambitious, vaulting, skyaspiring, high-reaching.
CRAVING, hungry, sharp-set, peckish [colloq.], ravening, with an empty stomach, esurient, lickerish, thirsty, athirst, parched with thirst, pinched with hunger, famished, dry, droughty or drouthy; hungry as a -hunter, - hawk, - horse, - church mouse.
GREEDY, - as a hog; overeager, voracious; ravenous, - as a wolf; open-mouthed, covetous, rapacious, grasping, extortionate, exacting, sordid, alieni appetens [L.]; insatiable, insatiate, unquenchable, quenchless; omnivorous.
unsatisfied, unsated, unslaked.
DESIRABLE; desired &c. v.; in demand, popular; pleasing &c. (giving pleasure) [See Pleasurableness]; appetizing, appetible; tantalizing.
FAIN; with eager appetite; wistfully &c. adj.
would that! would it were! O for! if only! esto perpetua! [L.].
The wish being father to the thought.
Sua cuique voluptas.
Hoc erat in votis.
The mouth watering, the fingers itching.
Aut Cæsar aut nullus.
Cassius has a lean and hungry look.Julius Cæsar
Hungry as the grave.Thomson
I was born to other things.Tennyson.
Not what we wish but what we want.Merrick
Such joy ambition finds.Paradise Lost
The sea hath bounds but deep desire hath none.Venus and Adonis
Ubi mel ibi apes.
Let us pay with our bodies for our souls desire.Roosevelt