- to force or impose (usually used in the negative): I wouldn't wish that awful job on my worst enemy.
- Also wish upon. to make a wish using some object as a magical talisman: to wish on a star.
Origin of wish
OTHER WORDS FROM wishwisher, nounwishless, adjectivein·ter·wish, verb (used with object), nounoutwish, verb (used with object)
Words nearby wish
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To wish is to want or long for something. How is wish different from desire and want? Find out on Thesaurus.com.
How to use wish in a sentence
Sending our love and best wishes to you both as you start your new life together.How to turn down a wedding invitation during the coronavirus pandemic|Brooke Henderson|August 23, 2020|Fortune
While there is a wish amongst leaders to protect their own people first, the response to this pandemic has to be collective.WHO chief warns the world: Don’t fall prey to COVID ‘vaccine nationalism’|Sy Mukherjee|August 19, 2020|Fortune
There’s a wish list from San Diego Council members of what they’d like to get done with that $62 million.The City Is Walking a Fine Line in Demanding Millions From Its Next Power Provider|MacKenzie Elmer|August 7, 2020|Voice of San Diego
We get lots of encouraging comments from users whose wishes were included in our roadmap.How to turn your customer feedback into a driving force for your product|Maria Kazakova|June 18, 2020|Search Engine Watch
Now, it should be noted that meta robots tag might be ignored at any point, but mostly crawlers respect the wishes of the webmasters.Eight HTML elements crucial for SEO|Aleh Barysevich|May 5, 2020|Search Engine Watch
And yes, our values include tolerance of those who wish to make fun of religion.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive|Ayaan Hirsi Ali|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I wish I was a young Carole King, working in the Brill Building.Belle & Sebastian Aren’t So Shy Anymore|James Joiner|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Ultimately, 2015 might be the year American anti-LGBT advocates wish they could skip.‘Only God’ Can Stop Gay Marriage|Tim Mak|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
At this point Marvin gives his Liberty Valance smile, the kind that makes you wish you could disintegrate in front of him.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Still, I wish that DuVernay had given us more about those who are less famous besides a scene where they all eat dinner together.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’|Gary May|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
When Yima pressed the earth with this ring, the genius of the Earth, Aramaîti, responded to his wish and order.Solomon and Solomonic Literature|Moncure Daniel Conway
I mean it is well my mother is ill, and doesn't wish to eat, for there would be nothing for her, if she did.Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson
At the end of the first year, however, she resigned this privilege because she did not wish to accept the conditions of the gift.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.|Clara Erskine Clement
How often did I then wish myself with my dear Glumdalchtch, from whom one single hour had so far divided me.Gulliver's Travels|Jonathan Swift
As the hopeless wish passed through his soul, the iron entered with it, but did not pass away.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
British Dictionary definitions for wish
Derived forms of wishwisher, nounwishless, adjective
Word Origin for wish
Other Idioms and Phrases with wish
In addition to the idiom beginning with wish
- wish on
- if wishes were horses