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.
- wiseman, nicholas patrick stephen,
- wish fulfillment,
- wish fulfilment,
- wish list,
- wish on,
Origin of wish
Examples from the Web for wished
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
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