Synonyms of wish

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1 to offer (something fake, useless, or inferior) as genuine, useful, or valuable
  • despite my protestations, the dreaded position of club secretary was wished on me

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Synonyms of wish (Entry 2 of 2)

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How does the verb wish differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of wish are covet, crave, desire, and want. While all these words mean "to have a longing for," wish sometimes implies a general or transient longing especially for the unattainable.

wishes for permanent world peace

When can covet be used instead of wish?

The meanings of covet and wish largely overlap; however, covet implies strong envious desire.

covets his rise to fame

In what contexts can crave take the place of wish?

While the synonyms crave and wish are close in meaning, crave stresses the force of physical appetite or emotional need.

craves sweets

When would desire be a good substitute for wish?

Although the words desire and wish have much in common, desire stresses the strength of feeling and often implies strong intention or aim.

desires to start a new life

Where would want be a reasonable alternative to wish?

The words want and wish can be used in similar contexts, but want specifically suggests a felt need or lack.

wants to have a family

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The first known use of wish was before the 12th century

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“Wish.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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