desirable

adj.
1 (formal) to be wished for
VERBS
be, seem
become
consider sth, deem sth, feel sth (esp. BrE), regard sth as, see sth as, think sth, view sth as

A new direction was considered desirable for both parties.

This kind of work is seen as desirable.

ADVERB
eminently, extremely, highly, very

Experience of computers is highly desirable.

particularly
clearly, obviously

It is clearly desirable to have a common set of principles throughout the industry.

economically, morally, politically, socially
PHRASES
it is desirable that … 

It is desirable that interest rates should be reduced. (BrE)

It is desirable that interest rates be reduced. (AmE)

2 causing sexual desire
VERBS
be
become
find sb
ADVERB
extremely, very

He found her intensely desirable.

sexually
Desirable is used with these nouns: ↑attribute, ↑change, ↑characteristic, ↑end, ↑feature, ↑goal, ↑outcome, ↑property, ↑quality, ↑residence, ↑trait, ↑woman

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  • désirable — [ dezirabl ] adj. • XIIe; de désirer 1 ♦ Qui mérite d être désiré; qui excite le désir. ⇒ appétissant, attrayant, enviable, intéressant, séduisant, souhaitable, tentant. « Le seul progrès désirable consiste dans l amélioration des âmes » (Renan) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Desirable — Directed by Archie Mayo Produced by Edward Chodorov Written by Mary C. McCall Jr. Starring George Brent …   Wikipedia

  • désirable — DÉSIRABLE. adj. des 2 genr. Qui mérite d être désiré. De tous les biens, la santé est le plus désirable. Un état, une situation désirable. Une femme fort désirable …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • Desirable — De*sir a*ble, a. [F. d[ e]sirable, fr. L. desiderabilis. See {Desire}, v. t.] Worthy of desire or longing; fitted to excite desire or a wish to possess; pleasing; agreeable. [1913 Webster] All of them desirable young men. Ezek. xxiii. 12. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • desirable — late 14c., from O.Fr. desirable (12c.), from dasirer (see DESIRE (Cf. desire)). Related: Desirability …   Etymology dictionary

  • desirable — [adj1] attractive, seductive adorable, alluring, beautiful*, charming, covetable, enticing, fascinating, fetching, sexy; concepts 372,579 Ant. bad, disagreeable, disgusting, unattractive, undesirable desirable [adj2] advantageous, good acceptable …   New thesaurus

  • desirable — Desirable. adj. v. de tout genre, Qui est à desirer. C est un bien desirable que la santé …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • desirable — ► ADJECTIVE 1) wished for as being attractive, useful, or necessary. 2) (of a person) arousing sexual desire. ► NOUN ▪ a desirable person or thing. DERIVATIVES desirability noun desirableness noun desirably adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • desirable — [di zīr′ə bəl] adj. [ME < OFr: see DESIRE & ABLE] 1. worth wanting or having; worthwhile, beneficial, expedient, etc. 2. arousing desire; pleasing, attractive, etc. n. a desirable person or thing desirability n. desirableness desirably adv …   English World dictionary

  • desirable — I (pleasing) adjective enjoyable, gratifying, pleasant, pleasurable, pleasureful, welcome II (qualified) adjective acceptable, eligible, entitled, qualified, recommendable, suitable, worthy III …   Law dictionary

  • desirable — Desirable, id est, digne d estre desiré, Optabilis …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

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