wish

verb
\ ˈwish How to pronounce wish (audio) \
wished; wishing; wishes

Definition of wish

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to have a desire for (something, such as something unattainable) wished he could live his life over
2 : to give expression to as a wish : bid wish them good night
3a : to give form to (a wish)
b : to express a wish for
c : to request in the form of a wish : order
d : to desire (a person or thing) to be as specified cannot wish our problems away
4 : to confer (something unwanted) on someone : foist

intransitive verb

1 : to have a desire : want wishing for more
2 : to make a wish wish on a falling star

wish

noun

Definition of wish (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : an act or instance of wishing or desire : want a wish to travel
b : an object of desire : goal
2a : an expressed will or desire : mandate
b : a request or command couched as a wish
3 : an invocation of good or evil fortune on someone

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Other Words from wish

Verb

wisher noun

Synonyms for wish

Synonyms: Verb

fob off, foist, palm, palm off, pass off

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Verb

desire, wish, want, crave, covet mean to have a longing for. desire stresses the strength of feeling and often implies strong intention or aim. desires to start a new life wish sometimes implies a general or transient longing especially for the unattainable. wishes for permanent world peace want specifically suggests a felt need or lack. wants to have a family crave stresses the force of physical appetite or emotional need. craves sweets covet implies strong envious desire. covets his rise to fame

Examples of wish in a Sentence

Verb

You may use the telephone, if you wish. She wished them a happy New Year. We wish you a Merry Christmas.

Noun

He has a wish to be reunited with his son. The genie will grant you three wishes. Send her my good wishes.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But news from an existing socialized medical system serves as a reminder that providers of care may wish to avoid such a system just as much as patients do. James Freeman, WSJ, "Who Wants to Be Bernie’s Nurse?," 28 Mar. 2019 And a few testers wished the boot had more robust waterproofing. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Hiking Boots for Exploring the Outdoors," 9 Apr. 2019 Those who wish may donate in JJ's name to the Humane Society of Broward County. Sun-Sentinel.com, "Deaths in South Florida: 7/14," 14 July 2018 Entertainment Tonight reports that Leonardo DiCaprio even appeared on the stage to wish Ross a happy birthday. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "All the Celebrity Guests at Diana Ross’s Fabulous Birthday Party," 27 Mar. 2019 According to a BuzzFeed longread about the case, on Gypsy's 18th birthday her father Rod Blanchard called to wish her a happy birthday. Alexis Jones, Marie Claire, "How Gypsy Rose Blanchard's Age Remained a Mystery Her Whole Life," 22 Mar. 2019 Sir Pip has also been using his Instagram to wish Glenn good luck with her multiple award nominations for The Wife. Marie Milano, Country Living, "A Detailed Timeline of Glenn Close's Husbands and Relationships," 24 Feb. 2019 Among the first to publicly wish the Duchess of Cambridge a happy birthday was the Duke of York. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince Charles, Prince Andrew, and More Royal Family Members Wish Kate Middleton a Happy 37th Birthday," 9 Jan. 2019 President Trump and the First Lady traveled to Iraq late on Christmas night to visit with our troops and Senior Military leadership to thank them for their service, their success, and their sacrifice and to wish them a Merry Christmas. Alexia Underwood, Vox, "Trump’s secret trip to Iraq didn’t quite go as planned," 27 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Their Royal Highnesses would like to thank everyone for their kind wishes and sharing in their special day #RoyalWedding A post shared by The Royal Family (@theroyalfamily) on May 21, 2018 at 6:53am PDT @theroyalfamily / Instagram. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "We've Seen $1 Million Of Meghan Markle's Royal Wardrobe," 30 June 2018 Graham felt that separating out the bran was against the wishes of God, who, according to Graham, must have had a reason for including bran. Jeffrey Miller, Smithsonian, "Let Us Tell You S’more About America’s Favorite Campfire Treat," 29 June 2018 Missy Elliott celebrated her 47th birthday yesterday (July 1), and celebrities and fans took to Twitter to send their best wishes to the hip hop icon. Alessandra Rincón, Billboard, "Lil' Kim & More Send Happy Birthday Wishes to Missy Elliott on Twitter," 2 July 2018 MPs’ natural wish to support their prime minister, their own ambitions for preferment and the whips’ cruel ways all make for a reluctance to rock the boat. The Economist, "Theresa May heads off a rebellion," 21 June 2018 Twitter has been lighting up with people sending good wishes and paying tribute to the 92-year-old former first lady. NBC News, "Barbara Bush is choosing 'comfort care.' What does it mean? More than you may think.," 17 Apr. 2018 Those who clamored for more scooters on the streets may get that wish if the companies follow the city’s blueprint. Andrew Theen, The Seattle Times, "E-scooters may return April 26, Portland says, with new rules to curb sidewalk riding," 25 Mar. 2019 The shuttle’s AR windshield became a tapestry of wish-fulfillment: images of my face on a more sculpted body in an ad for a barre class, an image of me with a beautiful woman purring about a dating app. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Seven scary stories to tell by the light of your screen," 31 Oct. 2018 Like many glossy Manhattan fantasies before, this is a breezy, banter-y wish-fulfillment story. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "The Fashion Closet, Seen From Inside and Out," 1 July 2018

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First Known Use of wish

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for wish

Verb

Middle English wisshen, from Old English wȳscan; akin to Old High German wunsken to wish, Sanskrit vāñchati he wishes, vanoti he strives for — more at win

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wish

verb

English Language Learners Definition of wish

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to want (something) to be true or to happen
formal : to want or ask to do (something)
: to want (someone) to be in a particular state

wish

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wish (Entry 2 of 2)

: a desire for something to happen or be done : a feeling of wanting to do or have something
: an act of thinking about something that you want and hoping that you will get it or that it will happen in some magical way
: good thoughts or feelings directed toward a person

wish

verb
\ ˈwish How to pronounce wish (audio) \
wished; wishing

Kids Definition of wish

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to have a desire for : want I wish you were here.
2 : to form or express a desire concerning He wished them both good luck.
3 : to request by expressing a desire I wish you to go now.

wish

noun

Kids Definition of wish (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an act or instance of having or expressing a desire usually in the mind Close your eyes and make a wish.
2 : something wanted I got my wish.
3 : a desire for happiness or luck Send them my best wishes.

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