1. An instinctive physical desire, especially one for food or drink.
2. A strong wish or urge: an appetite for learning.
3. A collective demand: America's appetite for fossil fuels.
[Middle English apetit, from Old French, from Latin appetītus, strong desire, from past participle of appetere, to strive after : ad-, ad- + petere, to seek; see pet- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
appe·ti′tive (ăpĭ-tī′tĭv, ə-pĕtĭ-tĭv) adj.
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