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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. [no object; (~ +  for)] to express a hope or desire for:She closed her eyes and wished for peace on earth.
  4. [+ object + object] to bid, as in greeting: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]


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
n
  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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