What does wish mean?

Definitions for wish
wɪʃwish

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wish, wishing, wantnoun

    a specific feeling of desire

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

  2. wish, indirect requestnoun

    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, complimentsnoun

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

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

  4. wishverb

    the particular preference that you have

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

  5. wishverb

    hope for; have a wish

    "I wish I could go home now"

  6. wish, care, likeverb

    prefer or wish to do something

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

  7. wishverb

    make or express a wish

    "I wish that Christmas were over"

  8. wish, wish wellverb

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

  9. wishverb

    order politely; express a wish for

  10. wish, bidverb

    invoke upon

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

Wiktionary

  1. wishnoun

    a will for something to happen.

    Your dearest wish will come true.

    Etymology: From wyscan.

  2. wishnoun

    a water meadow.

    Etymology: From wyscan.

  3. wishverb

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

    Etymology: From wyscan.

  4. wishverb

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

    We wish you a Merry Christmas.

    Etymology: From wyscan.

  5. wishverb

    To request or desire to do an activity.

    I wish to complain.

    Etymology: From wyscan.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wishverb

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  2. Wishverb

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  3. Wishverb

    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

    Etymology: [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.]

  4. Wishverb

    to recommend; to seek confidence or favor in behalf of

    Etymology: [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.]

  5. Wishnoun

    desire; eager desire; longing

    Etymology: [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.]

  6. Wishnoun

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

    Etymology: [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.]

  7. Wishnoun

    a thing desired; an object of desire

    Etymology: [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.]

Freebase

  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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. wish

    To express a respectful feeling.

    We do wish optimum health, human rights, right to life and shared prosperity for all on planet earth.

    Submitted by MaryC on June 2, 2020  

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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

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Numerology

  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

Examples of wish in a Sentence

  1. North Korea:

    I never, never should have allowed Otto Frederick Warmbier to be lured by the United States administration to commit a crime in this country. I wish that the United States administration never manipulate people like Otto Frederick Warmbier in the future to commit crimes against foreign countries. I entirely beg you, the people and government of the DPRK, for your forgiveness. Please ! I made the worst mistake of my life !

  2. Shaowen Bardzell:

    I think a huge benefit of using technology and design to develop sex devices is that they open up new forms of sexual experience, ways to experience intimacy with others, to feel good in our own skin, to have mind-blowing orgasms, all of it, robots could also be useful for virgins or for people with social anxiety who wish to gain practice before actually having sex with a partner.

  3. Sophocles, Electra:

    Death is not the worst thing; rather, when one who craves death cannot attain even that wish.

  4. Lamine Diaby-Fadiga:

    I wish him a lot of success at OGC Nice and in his career. Maybe one day we will come across each other on a pitch and this affair will be merely a bad memory.

  5. John McCain:

    Today’s indictment is a result of the hard work of America’s law enforcement and intelligence officials who dedicate their lives to bringing to justice those who wish to do us harm, these revelations add to a body of evidence confirming an extensive plot by Vladimir Putin’s government to attack the 2016 election, sow chaos and dissension among the American electorate, and undermine faith in our democracy.

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