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 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|Elizabeth Picciuto|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Fallon|October 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His violent, angry raps are the words he wishes he could say to people he wishes would listen.
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|Marlow Stern|August 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A must read for anyone who wishes to understand the zeitgeist of those early days.
Sir Godfrey, too much commanding of slaves to your wishes has rendered you absurd of speech.Crown and Sceptre|George Manville Fenn
Wishes were spaniels; he had but a finger to raise, and they fawned at his feet.The Pace That Kills|Edgar Saltus
In short, her own wishes should operate very strongly against these regrets.
So after dinner Tante took entire possession of Katharine, but much against the botanists' wishes.Katharine Frensham|Beatrice Harraden
He had grown older, maturer, and wiser, and knew how to make men amenable to his wishes.History of the Jews, Vol. V (of 6)|Heinrich Graetz
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