wish·​ing | \ ˈwi-shiŋ How to pronounce wishing (audio) \

Definition of wishing

1 archaic : wishful
2 : regarded as having the power to grant wishes threw a coin in the wishing well

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For those wishing summer would stay a little bit longer, order a Sunset Clause, which has tequila and spicy bitters. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Just the Cocktails to Order When You Need a Drink During New York Fashion Week," 7 Sep. 2018 The regulations require those wishing to travel with a service or support animal to provide special documentation. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "Delta tightens regulations, adds pit bulls to list of banned service and support animals after two employees bitten," 22 June 2018 Home theaters, secret rooms, soaring towers, putting greens, indoor saunas and wishing wells are among the luxurious features that can be found in some of this week's most expensive home sales in metropolitan Phoenix. Lorraine Longhi, azcentral, "Luxury homes: $4.7M Scottsdale mansion has secret room, 2 towers and tennis court," 18 June 2018 This 40th episode in the Hallmark Channel series debuted on Christmas 2017 with a holiday story about the introduction of a wishing tree and the planning of a Christmas parade. Chris Ball, cleveland.com, "Margot Robbie in 'I, Tonya,' now on DVD and Blu-ray (review)," 25 Mar. 2018 Who wants to spend it depressed and anxious and wishing time would speed up? Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "Vickroy: Had it with winter? Make like the Danes and hygge through it," 3 Feb. 2018 Sixteen display cases and 14 wall panels of the butterflies are on display Tuesday through Feb. 23 at United Nations Headquarters in New York, along with an interactive wishing wall and a video about the project. Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle, "Holocaust Museum Houston's "Butterfly Project" now fluttering at the United Nations," 23 Jan. 2018 Parents wishing to experiment in exercises of trust can choose to give their teen a spending limit per order and opt out of the item-approval step all together, leaving them with a notification that includes the details of what’s been purchased. Katherine Bindley, WSJ, "Amazon Welcomes Teens With New Parent-Controlled Shopping Allowance," 11 Oct. 2017 For Syria and North Korea, the president’s proclamation blocked immigrants wanting to relocate to the United States and nonimmigrants wishing to visit in some capacity. Matt Zapotosky, Washington Post, "Federal judge blocks Trump’s third travel ban," 17 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of wishing

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of wishing was circa 1530

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an act or instance of returning to life

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