wishing

adjective
wish·ing | \ˈwi-shiŋ \

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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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 With virtually all wishing to be excluded from the flood-zone map, some industry experts worry that lobbying pressure from homeowner and business groups affect the map-drawing process. Roger Yu, USA TODAY, "Insurance woes await flood victims in under-covered Houston area," 29 Aug. 2017 As in many a mythic tale, however, elixirs for winning love and wishing harm don’t always work the charm. Brendan Kiley, The Seattle Times, "Performance picks: ‘Hoodoo Love,’ ‘American Archipelago,’ ‘Greensward,’ UMO’s ‘Strictly Seattle’," 26 July 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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