only wish/want/hope

Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of only wish/want/hope

used to stress that someone's wishing/wanting/hoping something is the simple truth
  • He only wished she'd told him sooner.
  • I only wish I knew what was going on.
  • He only wanted to help.
  • I only hope she can get over this.

Word by Word Definitions

only play
  1. : unquestionably the best : peerless

  2. : alone in a class or category : sole

  3. : having no brother or sister

  1. : as a single fact or instance and nothing more or different : merely

  2. : solely, exclusively

  3. : at the very least

  1. : with the restriction that : but

  2. : and yet : however

  3. : were it not that : except

wish play
  1. : to have a desire for (something, such as something unattainable)

  2. : to give expression to as a wish : bid

  3. : to give form to (a wish)

  1. : an act or instance of wishing or desire : want

  2. : an object of desire : goal

  3. : an expressed will or desire : mandate

want play
  1. : to be needy or destitute

  2. : to have or feel need

  3. : to be necessary or needed

  1. : deficiency, lack

  2. : grave and extreme poverty that deprives one of the necessities of life

  3. : something wanted : need, desire

hope play
  1. : to cherish a desire with anticipation : to want something to happen or be true

  2. : trust

  3. : to desire with expectation of obtainment or fulfillment

  1. : trust, reliance

  2. : desire accompanied by expectation of or belief in fulfillment

  3. : someone or something on which hopes are centered


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