- to want;
long for (usually fol. by an infinitive or a clause):I wish to travel. I wish that it were morning.
- to desire (a person or thing) to be (as specified):to wish the problem settled.
- to entertain wishes, favorably or otherwise, for:to wish someone well; to wish someone ill.
- to bid, as in greeting or leave-taking:to wish someone a good morning.
- to request or charge:I wish him to come.
- to desire; long;
yearn (often fol. by for):Mother says I may go if I wish. I wished for a book.
- to make a wish:She wished more than she worked.
- 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.
- an act or instance of wishing.
- a request or command:I was never forgiven for disregarding my father's wishes.
- an expression of a wish, often one of a kindly or courteous nature:to send one's best wishes.
- something wished or desired:He got his wish--a new car.
Etymology:bef. 900; (verb, verbal) Middle English wisshen, Old English wȳscan;
1 . crave. Wish, desire, want indicate a longing for something. To wish is to feel an impulse toward attainment or possession of something;
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
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 . direct, order. 8 . will, want.