verb \ˈwish\

: to want (something) to be true or to happen

: to want or ask to do (something)

: to want (someone) to be in a particular state

Full Definition of WISH

transitive verb
:  to have a desire for (as something unattainable) <wished he could live his life over>
:  to give expression to as a wish :  bid <wish them good night>
a :  to give form to (a wish)
b :  to express a wish for
c :  to request in the form of a wish :  order
d :  to desire (a person or thing) to be as specified <cannot wish our problems away>
:  to confer (something unwanted) on someone :  foist
intransitive verb
:  to have a desire :  want <wishing for more>
:  to make a wish <wish on a falling star>
wish·er noun

Examples of WISH

  1. You may use the telephone, if you wish.
  2. She wished them a happy New Year.
  3. We wish you a Merry Christmas.

Origin of WISH

Middle English wisshen, from Old English wȳscan; akin to Old High German wunsken to wish, Sanskrit vāñchati he wishes, vanoti he strives for — more at win
First Known Use: before 12th century

Related to WISH

Rhymes with WISH



: a desire for something to happen or be done : a feeling of wanting to do or have something

: an act of thinking about something that you want and hoping that you will get it or that it will happen in some magical way

wishes : good thoughts or feelings directed toward a person

Full Definition of WISH

a :  an act or instance of wishing or desire :  want <a wish to travel>
b :  an object of desire :  goal
a :  an expressed will or desire :  mandate
b :  a request or command couched as a wish
:  an invocation of good or evil fortune on someone

Examples of WISH

  1. He has a wish to be reunited with his son.
  2. The genie will grant you three wishes.
  3. Send her my good wishes.

First Known Use of WISH

14th century


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