Definitions for wishwɪʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to want; desire; long for (usu. 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 matter settled.

  3. to entertain hopes or desires regarding the fortunes of:

    to wish someone well.

  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.

  6. (v.i.)to desire; long; yearn (often fol. by for):

    to wish for a friend.

  7. to make a wish.

  8. wish on, Also, wish off on. to pass or desire to pass (something undesirable) to another (often used in the negative): Also, wish upon. to use as a magical charm while making a wish.

    I wouldn't wish this weather on my worst enemy.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  9. (n.)an act or instance of wishing.

  10. a request or command:

    to disregard someone's wishes.

  11. an expression of a hope or desire toward another, often one of a kindly or courteous nature:

    to send one's best wishes.

  12. something wished or desired:

    to get one's wish.

Origin of wish:

bef. 900; (v.) ME; OE wȳscan, c. OHG wunsken, ON æskja; akin to won2, wynn , L venus charm (see Venus )


Princeton's WordNet

  1. wish, wishing, want(noun)

    a specific feeling of desire

    "he got his wish"; "he was above all wishing and desire"

  2. wish, indirect request(noun)

    an expression of some desire or inclination

    "I could tell that it was his wish that the guests leave"; "his crying was an indirect request for attention"

  3. regard, wish, compliments(noun)

    (usually plural) a polite expression of desire for someone's welfare

    "give him my kind regards"; "my best wishes"

  4. wish(verb)

    the particular preference that you have

    "it was his last wish"; "they should respect the wishes of the people"

  5. wish(verb)

    hope for; have a wish

    "I wish I could go home now"

  6. wish, care, like(verb)

    prefer or wish to do something

    "Do you care to try this dish?"; "Would you like to come along to the movies?"

  7. wish(verb)

    make or express a wish

    "I wish that Christmas were over"

  8. wish, wish well(verb)

    feel or express a desire or hope concerning the future or fortune of

  9. wish(verb)

    order politely; express a wish for

  10. wish, bid(verb)

    invoke upon

    "wish you a nice evening"; "bid farewell"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. wish(verb)ɪʃ

    to want sth to happen or change

    I wish they'd hurry up.; We wished that we had seen the show.; If you wish, we can keep your luggage here.

  2. wishɪʃ

    to express sth to sb

    We wished them good luck.; Don't forget to wish her a happy birthday.

  3. wish(noun)ɪʃ

    a desire, or the thing you desire

    He expressed a wish to meet her.; It was his wish that we burn all the letters.

  4. wishɪʃ

    sth sb would like to happen magically

    The fairy godmother granted her three wishes.; to make a wish

  5. wishɪʃ

    a polite statement used to say goodbye or at the end of a letter or email

    Best wishes to you and your family.; Martha sends her best wishes.


  1. wish(Noun)

    a will for something to happen.

    Your dearest wish will come true.

  2. wish(Noun)

    a water meadow.

  3. wish(Verb)

    (with for) to hope (for a particular outcome)

  4. wish(Verb)

    to bestow (a thought or gesture) towards (someone or something)

    We wish you a Merry Christmas.

  5. wish(Verb)

    To request or desire to do an activity.

    I wish to complain.

  6. Origin: From wyscan.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wish(verb)

    to have a desire or yearning; to long; to hanker

  2. Wish(verb)

    to desire; to long for; to hanker after; to have a mind or disposition toward

  3. Wish(verb)

    to frame or express desires concerning; to invoke in favor of, or against, any one; to attribute, or cal down, in desire; to invoke; to imprecate

  4. Wish(verb)

    to recommend; to seek confidence or favor in behalf of

  5. Wish(noun)

    desire; eager desire; longing

  6. Wish(noun)

    expression of desire; request; petition; hence, invocation or imprecation

  7. Wish(noun)

    a thing desired; an object of desire


  1. Wish

    A wish is a hope or desire for something. Fictionally, wishes can be used as plot devices. In folklore, opportunities for "making a wish" or for wishes to "come true" or "be granted" are themes that are sometimes used.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wish' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1047

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wish' in Written Corpus Frequency: #734

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wish' in Nouns Frequency: #1384

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'wish' in Verbs Frequency: #133

Translations for wish

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a desire or longing, or the thing desired

It's always been my wish to go to South America some day.

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