- to want; desire; long for (usually followed by an infinitive or a clause): I wish to travel. I wish that it were morning.
- to desire (a person or thing) to be (as specified): to wish the problem settled.
- to entertain wishes, favorably or otherwise, for: to wish someone well; to wish someone ill.
- to bid, as in greeting or leave-taking: to wish someone a good morning.
- to request or charge: I wish him to come.
- to desire; long; yearn (often followed by for): Mother says I may go if I wish. I wished for a book.
- to make a wish: She wished more than she worked.
- an act or instance of wishing.
- a request or command: I was never forgiven for disregarding my father's wishes.
- an expression of a wish, often one of a kindly or courteous nature: to send one's best wishes.
- something wished or desired: He got his wish—a new car.
- wish on,
- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for wish on Thesaurus.com
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
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
Stop her—say Miss Milbrey wishes to ask a favour of her; and Jarvis.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
There are twenty men who will be eager to comply with the wishes of their minister.
It was ingratitude of the blackest character, to listen so coldly to his wishes.
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
- (when tr, takes a clause as object or an infinitive; when intr, often foll by for) to want or desire (something, often that which cannot be or is not the case)I wish I lived in Italy; to wish for peace
- (tr) to feel or express a desire or hope concerning the future or fortune ofI wish you well
- (tr) to desire or prefer to be as specified
- (tr) to greet as specified; bidhe wished us good afternoon
- (tr) formal to order politelyI wish you to come at three o'clock
- the act of wishing; the expression of some desire or mental inclinationto make a wish
- something desired or wished forhe got his wish
- (usually plural) expressed hopes or desire, esp for someone's welfare, health, etc
- (often plural) formal a polite order or request
Word Origin and History for wishes
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).
Idioms and Phrases with wishes
In addition to the idiom beginning with wish
- wish on
- if wishes were horses