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.

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Our wish lists also showed that many readers are eager for another major grocery chain to rival Kroger. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "We hear you, Louisville: Give us IKEA! And Publix, Crate & Barrel ...," 29 June 2018 And his wish list is basic: Job security, worker safety and slightly higher wages as auto companies increase profits. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "UAW members meet to vote on dues, elect new leaders," 11 June 2018 My wish list for this weekend is epic—trellis the hop vines, plant a bed of chamomile seedlings and a round of peas, and mulch the apple trees. Eve Macsweeney, Vogue, "The Most Meaningful Mother’s Day Gifts: Cheap But Deep," 10 May 2018 One item high on the Navy's wish list is a nuclear fuel supply that will last the lifetime of the submarine, allowing the Navy to avoid a costly and time-consuming refueling job two decades into the ship's tenure. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Meet the Navy's New Doomsday Submarine," 14 Mar. 2016 So what's the hottest ticket on our cocktail party wish list? Natasha Silva-jelly, Harper's BAZAAR, "Modern Eveningwear," 4 Nov. 2014 First of all, the iconic tall boots, which were the number one item on many guests’ wish list, reportedly weren’t available on launch day. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Target x Hunter Boots Collaboration Causes Frustration Among Shoppers," 15 Apr. 2018 An informal wish list in the Cahoots office in Eugene, listing the various needs for the homeless population, many of which suffer from mental-health issues. Zusha Elinson, WSJ, "When Mental-Health Experts, Not Police, Are the First Responders," 24 Nov. 2018 Young said Wall Street essentially has a two-item wish list for the holidays: a general trade agreement between the U.S. and China, and a sign the Fed will raise interest rates at a more gradual clip. Marley Jay, The Seattle Times, "Stocks move higher on Wall Street after 2 days of big losses," 21 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of wish list

1970, in the meaning defined above

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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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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