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  1. A feeling of strong desire, especially such a feeling driven by sexual arousal.
    Seeing Kim fills me with a passionate lust.
  2. (archaic) A general want or longing, not necessarily sexual.
    The boarders hide their lust to go home.
    • For little lust had she to talk of aught.
    • My lust to devotion is little.
  3. (archaic) A delightful cause of joy, pleasure.
    An ideal son is his father's lasting lust.
  4. (obsolete) virility; vigour; active power
    • 1626, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum, Or, A Naturall Historie: In Ten Centuries
      Trees will grow greater, and bear better fruit, if you put salt, or lees of wine, or blood, to the root: the cause may be the increasing the lust or spirit of the root.
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lust (lusts, present participle lusting; past and past participle lusted)

  1. (intransitive, usually in the phrase "lust after") To look at or watch with a strong desire, especially of a sexual nature.
    He was lusting after the woman in the tight leather miniskirt.
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