desire-n; 4 Senses

Sense Number 1: a longing or craving, a wish

Commentary: DESIRE[+state][+inner][+longing]

Mary has no desire to go to the hockey game.
John eyed the plate of fudge brownies with desire.
These students have shown the desire to achieve academically.
They appear to have the desire to see the treaty fail.
This blue ceramic figurine is the object of Sally's desire. (her longing is for it)

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1, 2

Sense Number 2: a sexual urge

Commentary: DESIRE[+state][+inner][+longing][+sexual]
NOTE: a restricted usage of Sense 1

They clung together in fierce, mutual desire.
She divorced him on the grounds that he no longer had desire for her.
Paris had great desire for Helen of Troy and abducted her.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 1a

Sense Number 3: something which is wanted, coveted

Commentary: DESIRE[+relation][+role][+coveted][+entity]
NOTE: desire is equated to a thing in the world, not an inner state (Sense 1)

A small cottage with a picket fence was the old couple's only desire.
The cigarette boat is just another one of Pete's expensive desires.
Critics say his writing has succumbed to the twin desires of fame and fortune.

WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3

Sense Number 4: a formal request or petition

Commentary: DESIRE[+action][+official][+request][+petition]
NOTE: restricted, somewhat technical usage

The plaintiff has submitted a desire to the small claims court.

WordNet 0.0 Sense Numbers: 3