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
Synonyms for wish
Related Words for wishlonging, intention, aspiration, prayer, request, choice, will, yearning, preference, ambition, hope, inclination, envy, prefer, please, crave, yearn, choose, want, aspire
Examples from the Web for wish
Contemporary Examples of 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
I wish I was a young Carole King, working in the Brill Building.Belle & Sebastian Aren’t So Shy Anymore
January 7, 2015
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
January 3, 2015
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’
January 2, 2015
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
January 1, 2015
Historical Examples of wish
"It is partly for your sake that I wish it, my poor child," said he.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
“I wish they may not be in league with them,” said Master Headley.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
I wish we might have talked more—I'm sure—when are you leaving?The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
I wish my father had intrusted his money to you instead of to the superintendent.
"If there were any use in wishing, I'd wish myself on shore," said the second.
Word Origin 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).
In addition to the idiom beginning with wish
- wish on
- if wishes were horses