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Origin of wish

before 900; (v.) Middle English wisshen,Old English wȳscan; cognate with German wünschen,Old Norse æskja; akin to Old English wynn joy (see winsome), Latin venus charm (see Venus); (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.

OTHER WORDS FROM wish

wisher, nounwishless, adjectivein·ter·wish, verb (used with object), nounoutwish, verb (used with object)
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What are other ways to say wish?

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

British Dictionary definitions for wish

wish
/ (wɪʃ) /

verb
noun
See also wish on

Derived forms of wish

wisher, nounwishless, adjective

Word Origin for wish

Old English wӯscan; related to Old Norse öskja, German wünschen, Dutch wenschen
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Other Idioms and Phrases with wish

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