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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But James, a 14-time all-star, is regarded as the best player in the world and is on top of every team’s free-agent wish list. Keith Pompey, Philly.com, "Sixers have an outside shot of landing LeBron James or Paul George," 29 June 2018 Guards, especially ball-handling guards, were at the top of Mack's wish list. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball lands Richmond graduate transfer Khwan Fore," 2 June 2018 More stunning, perhaps, was the way Republicans and Democrats on both sides of the Capitol teamed up to cross out items on Trump's wish list. NBC News, "The biggest spending bill loser: President Trump," 23 Mar. 2018 Neeleman rattled off the wish list for new cities on its route map: a second West Coast gateway in Los Angeles; a Midwest foothold in Chicago and Houston, both major hubs for United, which is TAP’s biggest U.S. codeshare partner. Barbara Peterson, Condé Nast Traveler, "More People Will Be Visiting Portugal This Year—Here's Why," 19 June 2018 The big financial promises of Trump’s presidency — a wish list that helped him build support on Wall Street — have either been fulfilled or abandoned. Evan Horowitz, BostonGlobe.com, "Volatile stocks hint at a crisis of faith among investors," 4 Apr. 2018 On Putin's wish list: an end to U.S. military exercises in Europe and the scaling back of U.S. forces there. Anchorage Daily News, "Off to Europe: Trump to meet worried NATO heads, then Putin," 8 July 2018 On Putin's wish list: an end to U.S. military exercises in Europe and the scaling back of U.S. forces there. Jill Colvin And Jonathan Lemire, chicagotribune.com, "Off to Europe: Trump to meet worried NATO heads, then Putin," 8 July 2018 In the past, Kain has donated school supplies and holiday wish list items to kids at Greenacres Community Center Youth Programs on numerous occasions. Austen Erblat, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Greenacres honors Wes Kain, co-star of 'The Vanilla Ice Project,' with street dedication," 6 July 2018

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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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