wish·​ing ˈwi-shiŋ How to pronounce wishing (audio)
archaic : wishful
: regarded as having the power to grant wishes
threw a coin in the wishing well

Examples of wishing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Residents wishing to be tested do not have to present any symptoms. Roy Kent, Houston Chronicle, 28 Apr. 2020 In the past, many sick Germans wishing to end their lives would travel to Switzerland, where the practice is legal. New York Times, 26 Feb. 2020 Fans around the country wishing and hoping for Auburn to create some chaos for the College Football Playoff committee collectively wondered what took Auburn so long to find its offense. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 17 Nov. 2019 Only the best of the best are still going strong, wishing and hoping that all their hard work thus far will result in one of the trophies waiting at the finish line. Eliza Huber, refinery29.com, 10 Feb. 2020 Every December in the town of Ponchatoula, La., a wooden wishing box is placed in the park as a Christmas tradition. Nina Zafar, Washington Post, 28 Nov. 2019 The richest child in the world wishes he had never been born after he is blamed for spoiling Christmas, so a wishing machine sends him to a parallel world. Chris Foran, jsonline.com, 25 Nov. 2019 Every December in the small town of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, a wooden wishing box is placed in the park as a Christmas tradition. Dan Snierson, EW.com, 22 Nov. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of wishing was circa 1530

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“Wishing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wishing. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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