wish list


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

Example Sentences

That book is on my wish list.
Recent Examples on the Web Two things on California’s wish list — more water and more power — may come soon with a first-in-the-nation plan to cover irrigation canals with solar panels. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, 26 Dec. 2022 The Little Rock Zoo has asked individuals to aid animals' enrichment by purchasing items on the zoo's holiday wish list, which can be found on Amazon. Joseph Flaherty, Arkansas Online, 18 Dec. 2022 Donations can be purchased from the shelter’s Amazon wish list, Walmart registry or bought locally and dropped off at Arlington Life Shelter, 325 W. Division St. in Arlington. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 23 June 2022 The platform also allows shoppers to populate a wish list. Dallas News, 22 Aug. 2022 The wish list includes donations of new and gently used home decor; bedding, kitchen and bath accessories; small furniture in good condition; books, lamps, curtains and rods; TVs with stands and remotes; and kitchen trash bins. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 June 2022 At Monday's press briefing, Jean-Pierre indicated that even if the senators ultimately propose a package that falls far short of the wish list Biden outlined in prime-time remarks last week, incremental changes would be acceptable to Biden. Libby Cathey, ABC News, 7 June 2022 The wish list is emerging just as Russian forces are gaining new ground in the eastern part of the country. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 25 May 2022 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy conveyed the request to Crow and other lawmakers who visited Kyiv over the weekend, who then relayed the wish list to President Joe Biden directly, Crow told NBC News. Artem Grudinin, NBC News, 5 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wish list was in 1970

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Cite this Entry

“Wish list.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wish%20list. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

wish list

: a list of desired but often realistically unobtainable items
a wish list of equipment for the school's gymnasium
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