verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- 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
Examples from the Web for wish
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.
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
For all that we may wish it to be, “dating” simply is not the dominant romantic culture here.Random Hook-Ups or Dry Spells: Why Millennials Flunk College Dating|Ellie Schaack|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
And I could not speak a consoling word to her; Klaus did not wish it.A Sister's Love|W. Heimburg
I wish our job was finished and we were going the other way.Wyndham's Pal|Harold Bindloss
Why was he not strong in health and body like the people about him, and yet for whom did he wish to labor?Jack|Alphonse Daudet
He had obtained his passport, and had come to wish me good-bye.Valerie|Frederick Marryat
He had many questions to ask about them, in the course of which he expressed a wish that he might visit them.Oscar|Walter Aimwell
British Dictionary definitions for wish
Word Origin for wish
Word Origin and History for wish
Old English wyscan "to wish," from Proto-Germanic *wunskijanan (cf. Old Norse æskja, Danish ønske, Swedish önska, Middle Dutch wonscen, Dutch wensen, Old High German wunsken, German wunschen "to wish"), from PIE *wun-/*wen-/*won- "to strive after, wish, desire, be satisfied" (cf. Sanskrit vanati "he desires, loves, wins," Latin venus "love, sexual desire, loveliness," venerari "to worship;" see Venus). The noun is attested from c.1300. Wish fulfillment (1901) translates German wunscherfüllung (Freud, "Die Traumdeutung," 1900).
Idioms and Phrases with wish
In addition to the idiom beginning with wish
- wish on
- if wishes were horses