January 18, 2019
appetite (noun)
\AP-uh-tyte\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : a natural desire especially for food2 : taste
How do you use it?
"The girls sat down by the roots and did full justice to Anne's dainties, even the unpoetical sandwiches being greatly appreciated by hearty, unspoiled appetites sharpened by all the fresh air and exercise they had enjoyed." (Lucy Maud Montgomery, _Anne of Avonlea_)
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If you are hungry to know more about "appetite," it would help to know its origin. Which of the words below do you think is the root of "appetite"?

Have a craving for the answer? It's D, 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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