Meaning of desiderative


Pronunciation: (di-sid'ur-u-tiv, -u-rā"tiv), [key]
— adj.
  1. having or expressing desire.
  2. (of a verb derived from another verb) expressing desire to perform the action denoted by the underlying verb, as Sanskrit pi-pati&sdotu;-ati “he wishes to fly” from pát-ati, “he flies.”
  1. a desiderative verb.
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