January 04, 2013
appetite (noun)
\AP-uh-tyte\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a natural desire especially for food2 : taste
How do you use it?
"Rat and Mole slept very well and, in the morning when they came into breakfast, they both had good appetites." (Kenneth Grahame, _The Wind in the Willows_)
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If you are hungry to know more about "appetite," see if you can pick out the root word of "appetite" below.

Are you craving the answer? It's C, the Latin word "petere," meaning "to go to" or "to seek." Latin speakers combined "petere" with the prefix "ad-," meaning "toward," to form "appetere," "to strive after," which in turn developed into "appetitus," the word for a desire toward or for something. "Appetitus" was borrowed into Anglo-French as "appétit" and eventually became English "appetite." "Petere" is the source of other words in English as well. For example, combining it with "re-," meaning "again," produced the word "repeat." And partnering it with "com-," meaning "with, together," resulted in the word "compete.""
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