wish, wishing, want(noun)
a specific feeling of desire
"he got his wish"; "he was above all wishing and desire"
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"
regard, wish, compliments(noun)
(usually plural) a polite expression of desire for someone's welfare
"give him my kind regards"; "my best wishes"
the particular preference that you have
"it was his last wish"; "they should respect the wishes of the people"
hope for; have a wish
"I wish I could go home now"
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?"
make or express a wish
"I wish that Christmas were over"
wish, wish well(verb)
feel or express a desire or hope concerning the future or fortune of
order politely; express a wish for
"wish you a nice evening"; "bid farewell"
a will for something to happen.
Your dearest wish will come true.
a water meadow.
(with for) to hope (for a particular outcome)
to bestow (a thought or gesture) towards (someone or something)
We wish you a Merry Christmas.
To request or desire to do an activity.
I wish to complain.
Origin: From wyscan.
to have a desire or yearning; to long; to hanker
to desire; to long for; to hanker after; to have a mind or disposition toward
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
to recommend; to seek confidence or favor in behalf of
desire; eager desire; longing
expression of desire; request; petition; hence, invocation or imprecation
a thing desired; an object of desire
Origin: [OE. wischen, weschen, wuschen, AS. wscan; akin to D. wenschen, G. wnschen, Icel. eskja, Dan. nske, Sw. nska; from AS. wsc a wish; akin to OD. & G. wunsch, OHG. wunsc, Icel. sk, Skr. vch a wish, vch to wish; also to Skr. van to like, to wish. . See Winsome, Win, v. t., and cf. Wistful.]
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
wish, v.i. to have a desire: to long (so in B.): to be inclined.—v.t. to desire or long for: to ask: to invoke: (Shak.) to recommend.—n. desire, longing: thing desired: expression of desire.—n. Wish′er.—adj. Wish′ful, having a wish or desire: eager.—adv. Wish′fully.—ns. Wish′fulness; Wish′ing-bone, Wish′-bone, the furcula or merrythought of a fowl; Wish′ing-cap, a cap by wearing which one obtains everything he wishes. [A.S. wýscan—wúsc, a wish; Ger. wünschen, Sw. önska.]
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'wish' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1047
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'wish' in Written Corpus Frequency: #734
Rank popularity for the word 'wish' in Nouns Frequency: #1384
Rank popularity for the word 'wish' in Verbs Frequency: #133
The numerical value of wish in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of wish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I wish you all the joy you can wish.
The poor wish to be rich, the rich wish to be happy, the single wish to be married, and the married wish to be dead.
I can only wish Mr. Killen peace at this juncture in his life. ... If he can achieve a modicum of peace, I wish that for him.
Seek not that the things which happen should happen as you wish but wish the things which happen to be as they are, and you will have a tranquil flow of life.
Is not marriage an open question, when it is alleged, from the beginning of the world, that such who are in the institution wish to get out and such as are out wish to get in.
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Translations for wish
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- يتمى, منية, تمنى, أمنية, يرجو, رغبة, يأمل, رجا, أملArabic
- желая, желаниеBulgarian
- desitjar, desigCatalan, Valencian
- přát, přáníCzech
- Wunsch, wünschenGerman
- εύχομαι, επιθυμία, ευχήGreek
- deseo, desearSpanish
- soov, soovimaEstonian
- آرزو, آرزو داشتن, آرزو كردن, خواستنPersian
- toivoa, toiveFinnish
- espérer, souhait, souhaiterFrench
- इच्छा, चाहनाHindi
- kíván, kívánságHungarian
- ցանկանալ, իղձ, ցանկությունArmenian
- harapan, keinginanIndonesian
- óska, óskIcelandic
- desiderare, augurare, volere, desiderioItalian
- 祈る, 願望, 希望, 願い, 欲する, 願うJapanese
- ნატვრა, სურვილი, წადილი, ნდომაGeorgian
- 원하다, 바라다, 소원, 빌다Korean
- هیوا, خوازKurdish
- desidero, desiderio, studium, desiderium, cupio, volō, cupiditasLatin
- посакува, желба, посакаMacedonian
- वासना, इच्छाMarathi
- wens, willen, wensenDutch
- życzenie, życzyćPolish
- pedido, [[desejar]] [[a]], desejo, desejarPortuguese
- dori, uraRomanian
- пожелать, желание, желатьRussian
- жѐлети, žèleti, žèljeti, жѐљетиSerbo-Croatian
- tillönska, önskan, önskaSwedish
- అభిలషించు, అభిలాష, కోరిక, కోరుTelugu
- dilek, dilemek, istemek, istekTurkish
- побажати, бажатиUkrainian
- mong, cầu mong, hy vọng, muốnVietnamese
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