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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.

SYNONYMS FOR wish

1 crave.
12 will, want.

synonym study for wish

1. Wish, desire, want indicate a longing for something. To wish is to feel an impulse toward attainment or possession of something; the strength of the feeling may be of greater or lesser intensity: I wish I could go home. Desire, a more formal word, suggests a strong wish: They desire a new regime. Want, usually colloquial in use, suggests a feeling of lack or need that imperatively demands fulfillment: People all over the world want peace.

OTHER WORDS FROM wish

wish·er, nounwish·less, adjectivein·ter·wish, verb (used with object), nounout·wish, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for wish on (1 of 2)

wish on

verb

(tr, preposition) to hope that (someone or something) should be imposed (on someone); foistI wouldn't wish my cold on anyone

British Dictionary definitions for wish on (2 of 2)

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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Idioms and Phrases with wish on (1 of 2)

wish on

Foist or impose something on another, as in I wouldn't wish this job on my worst enemy. [Early 1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with wish on (2 of 2)

wish

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