wish list


Definition of wish list

: a list of desired but often realistically unobtainable items a wish list of useful changes

Examples of wish list in a Sentence

That book is on my wish list.
Recent Examples on the Web And there’s no need to guess at what to give: posting wish lists online is standard practice. Amy Freeman, Washington Post, "How to make sure your donated items aren’t burdening charities," 3 Dec. 2019 Santa met with children for more than two hours inside City Hall, hearing Christmas wish lists and posing for photographs. Pioneer Press Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Crowds pack Hodges Park for Santa’s arrival to Park Ridge during Winterfest," 3 Dec. 2019 So pull out your 2020 travel agenda or wish list and start shopping. Dawn Gilbertson, USA TODAY, "Black Friday, Cyber Monday travel deals: Flights, cruises, hotels, more sales for your next trip," 27 Nov. 2019 Anika, Susan and Angela keep a wish list: volunteers, books, clothes, diapers, car seats, birthday parties for foster children, respite care to give foster parents a break. Arizona Republic, "'What good am I?': Foster mom saw a system so broken she was ready to give up. Instead, she decided to fix it," 27 Nov. 2019 In recent years, Iceland has gone from relatively unknown to the top of every travelers wish list. Danielle Pointdujour, Essence, "Black Travel Vibes: Get The Blues In Iceland," 20 Nov. 2019 The promise, in short, was that Trump would usher in dramatically lower corporate tax rates and streamline regulation, two items long on the CEO wish list. Fortune, "Trump Lost the C-Suite in 2018," 18 Nov. 2019 To help the shelter continue its cause, donate to the shelter's summer wish list here. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "15 dogs, 3 cats found tethered to stakes outside southeast Houston home," 8 Nov. 2019 Here are the top 10 causes right now that raised millions of dollars at annual galas, scored lyrical shout-outs from Taylor Swift and topped Meghan Markle's giving wish list this year. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "The 10 Hottest Hollywood Charities of 2019," 15 July 2019

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First Known Use of wish list

1970, in the meaning defined above

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“Wish list.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wish%20list. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of wish list

: a list of things that someone would like to have

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