What does wish mean?

Definitions for wishwɪʃ

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word wish.

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"


  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

  8. 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.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Wish

    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. wýscanwúsc, a wish; Ger. wünschen, Sw. önska.]

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of wish in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of wish in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mitt Romney:

    I wish we could.

  2. Sara Olsvig:

    I wish them luck.

  3. Donald Trump:

    We certainly wish him well.

  4. William J. Howell:

    I wish him a speedy recovery.

  5. Nikkei Chairman Tsuneo Kita:

    We wish to expand our market.

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