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wish

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verb \ˈwish\

Simple Definition of wish

  • : 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

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to have a desire for (as something unattainable) <wished he could live his life over>

  3. 2 :  to give expression to as a wish :  bid <wish them good night>

  4. 3 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>

  5. 4 :  to confer (something unwanted) on someone :  foist

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  to have a desire :  want <wishing for more>

  8. 2 :  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

Synonym Discussion of wish

desire, wish, want, crave, covet mean to have a longing for. desire stresses the strength of feeling and often implies strong intention or aim <desires to start a new life>. wish sometimes implies a general or transient longing especially for the unattainable <wishes for permanent world peace>. want specifically suggests a felt need or lack <wants to have a family>. crave stresses the force of physical appetite or emotional need <craves sweets>. covet implies strong envious desire <covets his rise to fame>.

Rhymes with wish


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wish

noun

Simple Definition of 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

  1. 1 a :  an act or instance of wishing or desire :  want <a wish to travel> b :  an object of desire :  goal

  2. 2 a :  an expressed will or desire :  mandate b :  a request or command couched as a wish

  3. 3 :  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.



14th Century

First Known Use of wish

14th century




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