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.
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Origin of wish
synonym study for wish
OTHER WORDS FROM wishwisher, nounwishless, adjectivein·ter·wish, verb (used with object), nounoutwish, verb (used with object)
Example sentences from the Web for wish
In the pilot episode of Mad Men, a researcher tells Don Draper that consumers have a “death wish” and that this is why they are drawn to cigarettes.
Common-sense policies, more civility, a more environmentally friendly industry — those were on everyone’s wish list.How the lessons of 2020 may make travel better in the long run|Christopher Elliott|November 11, 2020|Washington Post
His role consists of taking policy recommendations and wishes and translating them to Big Business and Big Tech, eventually working to come to a deal that pleases all palates.Meet the three people who will define economic policy for the next four years|Nicole Goodkind|November 7, 2020|Fortune
For example, in the spirit of gift-giving, people are sending their wish lists to family and friends, hoping that what they ask for will appear under the tree.4 ways to make your e-commerce experience engaging and bright|Sponsored Content: Cloudinary|October 27, 2020|Search Engine Land
The state also declined to cancel the annual August motorcycle rally in Sturgis, against the wishes of some locals.A key COVID metric has surprisingly reversed course|Geoffrey Colvin|October 15, 2020|Fortune
David Prowse, the actor who portrayed Darth Vader, wished to come back but had to turn down the role because of ill health.Juiciest ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Rumors (and Some Debunked Ones)|Rich Goldstein|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In his last tweet, he wished his followers a “Merry Christmas.”
Only on Broadway could they write what they wanted and adventurously as they wished.
Selling off the extras, I saw my neighbor marvel at the scent and murmur that he wished he could afford one.
Adelson responded that he then wished he knew it was for sale.Would Pro-Israel Billionaires Adelson and Saban Really Buy the NYT?|Eli Lake|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At six o'clock, he wished to go to the manager and give up the part.Tales From Bohemia|Robert Neilson Stephens
It was well known what the French wished, and it was time to declare it plainly.Abridgment of the Debates of Congress, from 1789 to 1856, Vol. II (of 16)|Thomas Hart Benton
Yes, he had accidentally helped me, and I wished doubly that I might help him.Lady Baltimore|Owen Wister
But he refrained, stopping suddenly, because he recollected that he could no longer utter what he wished to say.The Golden Butterfly|Walter Besant
Otter-heart now wished that the other axe might break, and again his desire was fulfilled.The Myths of the North American Indians|Lewis Spence
British Dictionary definitions for wish
Derived forms of wishwisher, nounwishless, adjective
Word Origin for wish
Idioms and Phrases with wish
In addition to the idiom beginning with wish
- wish on
- if wishes were horses