1 [uncountable and countable]
a strong hope or wish
a desire for knowledge
It was Harold's desire that he should be buried next to his wife.
express/show a desire
She expressed a desire to visit us.
have no desire to do something (=used to emphasize that you do not want to do something)
I have no desire to cause any trouble.
overwhelming/burning desire (=very strong desire)
Paul had a burning desire to visit India.
2 [uncountable] formal
a strong wish to have sex with someone:
female sexual desire
He tried to hide his desire for her.