- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM wishwisher, nounwishless, adjectivein·ter·wish, verb (used with object), nounoutwish, verb (used with object)
How to use wish in a sentence
Schreurs tells children to either make a wish for themselves or somebody in need after he hands out his coins, then asks them to tuck the coins away for safekeeping.Maryland’s marathon-running Santa Claus with a cause is doing Zoom and outdoor visits this year|Cathy Free|December 11, 2020|Washington Post
Our thoughts and well wishes are with the official involved.After one player’s assault of a referee, a Texas high school team wonders why it was sidelined|Glynn A. Hill|December 11, 2020|Washington Post
Through the agency’s website, people and organizations can “adopt” children’s letters and then send responses and gifts to fulfill holiday wishes and assist Santa’s efforts.‘End of Covid 19. New X Box’: Children plead for pandemic relief and gifts in letters to Santa|Hamza Shaban|December 10, 2020|Washington Post
YouTube had a few more on my wish list for that Open House weekend.My trip to London was canceled, so I took it on YouTube instead|Nancy Nathan|December 10, 2020|Washington Post
It may take time for Harden to get his wish, but movement defines the league now.James Harden has confused player empowerment with self-sabotage|Jerry Brewer|December 10, 2020|Washington Post
At least that's what one well-wisher who met Kate Middleton as she went walkabout today thinks.
She told one well-wisher who asked that her baby had been kicking "very much".
No well-wisher of India, no patriot dare look upon the impending destruction of the hand-loom weaver with equanimity.Third class in Indian railways|Mahatma Gandhi
"I come to you from a well-wisher," he went on in oily tones, without lifting his eyes.The Empty House And Other Ghost Stories|Algernon Blackwood
For is he not a well-wisher of the French Revolution, a Jacobin, and therefore in that one act guilty of all?Life of Robert Burns|Thomas Carlyle
I am a well wisher to the Company, and also to America; but death to an American is more desirable than slavery.Tea Leaves|Various
He was conscious of a willingness to consider it himself, as a friend of the family and a well-wisher of Chubbins.Bunker Bean|Harry Leon Wilson
British Dictionary definitions for wish
Derived forms of wishwisher, nounwishless, adjective
Word Origin for wish
Other Idioms and Phrases with wish
In addition to the idiom beginning with wish
- wish on
- if wishes were horses