- 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
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
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|Tom LeClair|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
One frequently wishes to ascertain the specific gravity of quantities of fluid too small to float an urinometer.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis|James Campbell Todd
He is simply hearing every tone, knowing exactly what effect he wishes to produce and how to do it.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
He is what the bill wishes to make for us, a regular root doctor, and will suit the place exactly.
The Duke found no difficulty in awakening the wishes, which were necessary to his scheme, in the mind of young Lorraine.
That his friend had withdrawn, was a pledge of his pacific wishes; and, with a lightened countenance, Louis rose from his knee.
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