Definitions for wishwɪʃ
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word wish
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to want; desire; long for (usu. 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 matter settled.
to entertain hopes or desires regarding the fortunes of:
to wish someone well.
to bid, as in greeting or leave-taking:
to wish someone a good morning.
to request or charge:
I wish him to come.
(v.i.)to desire; long; yearn (often fol. by for):
to wish for a friend.
to make a wish.
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
(n.)an act or instance of wishing.
a request or command:
to disregard someone's wishes.
an expression of a hope or desire toward another, often one of a kindly or courteous nature:
to send one's best wishes.
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 )
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"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
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.
to express sth to sb
We wished them good luck.; Don't forget to wish her a happy birthday.
a desire, or the thing you desire
He expressed a wish to meet her.; It was his wish that we burn all the letters.
sth sb would like to happen magically
The fairy godmother granted her three wishes.; to make a wish
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.
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
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.
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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
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.
- wens, verlangeAfrikaans
- desejoPortuguese (BR)
- der WunschGerman
- želja, težnja, čežnjaCroatian
- ósk, löngunIcelandic
- 소원, 희망Korean
- noras, troškimasLithuanian
- hajat; hasratMalay
- önskan, längtanSwedish
- istek, arzuTurkish
- 願望Chinese (Trad.)
- 愿望Chinese (Simp.)
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