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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World Celebration will also include a wishing tree, a story fountain and a pavilion for live events. Susan Glaser, cleveland.com, "Disney World outlines Epcot remake, with Mary Poppins, Moana, Guardians of the Galaxy," 26 Aug. 2019 That wishing-away is also a team effort, and one that predates Trump. Catherine Rampell, The Denver Post, "Rampell: Trump’s tendency to double down on bad ideas doesn’t bode well for the economy," 25 Aug. 2019 Every December in the small town of Ponchatoula, La., a wooden wishing box is placed in the park as a Christmas tradition. Dan Snierson, EW.com, "Here's when all 28 new Lifetime Christmas movies will air," 22 Aug. 2019 Owing to such magic-seeming intercessions, GoFundMe has acquired a wishing-well mystique. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "The Perverse Logic of GoFundMe Health Care," 24 June 2019 But startups wishing to access a portion of the trillions of dollars sloshing around equity markets, and avoid the traditional IPO, now have a second option: the direct listing. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "After Slack, the IPO market might never be the same," 19 June 2019 But our favorite feature is the wishing wall that invites visitors to leave a message of hope, health, and happiness for the coming year. Valerie Marino, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Plan a Trip to Disneyland," 14 June 2019 In a post on his blog, Martin took the time to formally address speculation that he's already finished the story—something many fans are no doubt wishing could be true given the unpopularity of the show's final season. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "'Game of Thrones' Author Says the Rumor That He's Secretly Finished Writing the Books Is "Absurd"," 18 May 2019 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

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First Known Use of wishing

circa 1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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