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wish /wɪʃ/USA pronunciation   v. [not: be + ~-ing]
  1. to want;
    desire: [+  to + verb]I wish to stay here.[+ object + to + verb]I wish him to obey.
  2. to desire (a person or thing) to be as stated, even if it is impossible: [+ object (+  to +  be) + adjective]We wished the matter (to be) settled.[+ (that) clause]We wished that the matter would be settled.
  3. to express a hope or desire for:[no object;  (~ +  for)]She closed her eyes and wished for peace on earth.
  4. to bid, as in greeting:[+ object + object]I wished her a good morning.
  5. wish on: 
    • [often with a negative word or phrase;  ~ + object + on + object] to pass or desire to pass (something unwanted or bad) to another:I wouldn't wish this awful weather on my worst enemy.
    • Also,  wish upon. to use as a magical charm while making a wish:to wish upon a star.

n. [countable]
  1. an act or instance of wishing.
  2. something wished or desired:Her last wish was to see her home country.
  3. a request or command:It was his wish that she become the new boss.
wish•er, n. [countable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
wish  (wish),USA pronunciation v.t. 
  1. to want;
    long for (usually fol. by an infinitive or a clause):I wish to travel. I wish that it were morning.
  2. to desire (a person or thing) to be (as specified):to wish the problem settled.
  3. to entertain wishes, favorably or otherwise, for:to wish someone well; to wish someone ill.
  4. to bid, as in greeting or leave-taking:to wish someone a good morning.
  5. to request or charge:I wish him to come.

  1. to desire;
    yearn (often fol. by for):Mother says I may go if I wish. I wished for a book.
  2. to make a wish:She wished more than she worked.
  3. wish on: 
    • to force or impose (usually used in the negative):I wouldn't wish that awful job on my worst enemy.
    • Also,  wish upon. to make a wish using some object as a magical talisman:to wish on a star.

  1. an act or instance of wishing.
  2. a request or command:I was never forgiven for disregarding my father's wishes.
  3. an expression of a wish, often one of a kindly or courteous nature:to send one's best wishes.
  4. something wished or desired:He got his wish--a new car.
wisher, n. 
wishless, adj. 
  • bef. 900; (verb, verbal) Middle English wisshen, Old English wȳscan; cognate with German wünschen, Old Norse æskja; akin to Old English wynn joy (see winsome), Latin venus charm (see Venus); (noun, nominal) Middle English, derivative of the verb, verbal
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged crave.
      Wish, desire, want indicate a longing for something. To
      wish is to feel an impulse toward attainment or possession of something;
      the strength of the feeling may be of greater or lesser intensity:I wish I could go home.Desire, a more formal word, suggests a strong wish:They desire a new regime.Want, usually colloquial in use, suggests a feeling of lack or need that imperatively demands fulfillment:People all over the world want peace.
    • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged direct, order.
    • 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged will, want.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

wish /wɪʃ/ vb
  1. when tr, takes a clause as object or an infinitive; when intr, often followed by for: to want or desire (something, often that which cannot be or is not the case): I wish I lived in Italy, to wish for peace
  2. (transitive) to feel or express a desire or hope concerning the future or fortune of: I wish you well
  3. (transitive) to desire or prefer to be as specified
  4. (transitive) to greet as specified; bid: he wished us good afternoon
  1. the act of wishing; the expression of some desire or mental inclination
  2. something desired or wished for: he got his wish
  3. (usually plural) expressed hopes or desire, esp for someone's welfare, health, etc
  4. (often plural) formal a polite order or request

See also wish onEtymology: Old English wӯscan; related to Old Norse öskja, German wünschen, Dutch wenschen

ˈwisher n

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