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

The National Transportation Safety Board laid out a wish list Monday to improve safety on roads, trains and in the sky. David Koenig, The Seattle Times, "Safety board highlights need for transportation improvements," 4 Feb. 2019 And with precious few days left until the awards show takes place, the moment to make a wish list of what this year’s nominees should wear—as well as look at some of their past fashion wins—is now. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "The Best Golden Globes Dresses of All Time," 4 Jan. 2019 Put together a wish list, prioritize goals, and consider different ways to achieve them. Barbara Ballinger, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago designers offer do's and dont's for functional kitchens," 2 July 2018 The company has a long wish list, including plentiful flights at local airports, a stable, business-friendly government and nearby recreational opportunities for employees. New York Times, "One Goal of Amazon’s HQ2: Learn the Lessons of Seattle," 29 Apr. 2018 But that was before my 4th grader handed me a three-page Christmas wish list. Charlotte Hilton Andersen, Redbook, "'Tis The Season For Spoiled and Entitled Kids (And the Surprising Way to Undo the Damage)," 13 Dec. 2011 And today in totally wacky toy news… Squeezamals (not to be confused with their talkative friends, Hatchimals) apparently are the latest craze to sweep kids' wish lists. Megan Stein, Country Living, "If Your Kids Love Hatchimals They're Going to Freak Over This New Squeezamals Game," 9 Jan. 2019 The items — including new furnishings and two 3-D printers — have been on the Library Technology Learning Center’s wish list, said Teacher-Librarian Jeanne Snowdon. Elizabeth Marie Himchak, Pomerado News, "Rancho Bernardo High library renovated thanks to $24K grant from county," 16 May 2018 Their recent collabs with up-and-coming artists has added more envy-worthy elements to their already-eclectic mix, and has filled our heads with home decor inspo and growing wish lists. Sunset, "Cover Your Space Head-to-Toe with Anthro’s Newest Collab," 22 Jan. 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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