wishing

adjective
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

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, "Fort Bend County announces second COVID-19 testing site now open in Sugar Land," 28 Apr. 2020 In the past, many sick Germans wishing to end their lives would travel to Switzerland, where the practice is legal. BostonGlobe.com, "German court overturns ban on assisted suicide," 26 Feb. 2020 In the past, many sick Germans wishing to end their lives would travel to Switzerland, where the practice is legal. New York Times, "German Court Overturns Ban on Assisted Suicide," 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, "Hoping for chaos, a nation feels a frustration Auburn knows too well," 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, "The Ultimate Fashion Guide To The Oscars Red Carpet," 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, "Thursday TV: ‘The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration’," 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, "Christmas TV guide 2019: Where and when you can find holiday shows, from Hallmark movies to 'Grinch'," 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, "Everything you need to know about all 105 new Christmas TV movies," 22 Nov. 2019

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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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“Wishing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wishing. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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