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 wisheslonging, intention, aspiration, prayer, request, choice, will, yearning, preference, ambition, hope, inclination, envy, prefer, please, crave, yearn, choose, want, aspire
Examples from the Web for wishes
Contemporary Examples of wishes
Nancy, on the other hand, was incapable of communicating her wishes.U.K. Courts Grant Mother Right to End Her 12-Year-Old Disabled Daughter’s Life
November 4, 2014
A two-time Obama voter, Frank lives in a section of Haddam where blacks once resided and wishes he had one black friend.Richard Ford’s Artful Survivalist Guide: The Return of Frank Bascombe
November 4, 2014
Diane and Alicia keep make decisions either without him or that directly go against his wishes.The Good Wife’s Secret Weapon: Matt Czuchry on Cary Agos’s Terrible, Horrible Year
October 27, 2014
His violent, angry raps are the words he wishes he could say to people he wishes would listen.An ISIS Killer in His Own Awful Words
September 3, 2014
She wishes to have her parents meet her at the hospital at the same time, hoping that will reunite them.‘Wetlands,’ About A Bodily Fluid-Obsessed German Teen, Is the Year's Raunchiest Film
August 29, 2014
Historical Examples of wishes
Stop her—say Miss Milbrey wishes to ask a favour of her; and Jarvis.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
It was ingratitude of the blackest character, to listen so coldly to his wishes.
There are twenty men who will be eager to comply with the wishes of their minister.
Dear, dear Sir, what are settlements to one who has as much of her own as she wishes for?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Mr. Forest cannot find the type of girl he wishes for the part.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
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