Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A desire, longing, or strong inclination for a specific thing.
  • n. An expression of a desire, longing, or strong inclination; a petition.
  • n. Something desired or longed for.
  • transitive v. To long for; want. See Synonyms at desire.
  • transitive v. To entertain or express wishes for; bid: He wished her good night.
  • transitive v. To call or invoke upon: I wish them luck.
  • transitive v. To order or entreat: I wish you to go.
  • transitive v. To impose or force; foist: They wished a hard job on her.
  • intransitive v. To have or feel a desire: wish for the moon.
  • intransitive v. To express a wish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a will for something to happen.
  • n. a water meadow.
  • v. To hope (for a particular outcome).
  • v. To bestow (a thought or gesture) towards (someone or something).
  • v. To request or desire to do an activity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To have a desire or yearning; to long; to hanker.
  • transitive v. To desire; to long for; to hanker after; to have a mind or disposition toward.
  • transitive v. To frame or express desires concerning; to invoke in favor of, or against, any one; to attribute, or cal down, in desire; to invoke; to imprecate.
  • transitive v. To recommend; to seek confidence or favor in behalf of.
  • n. Desire; eager desire; longing.
  • n. Expression of desire; request; petition; hence, invocation or imprecation.
  • n. A thing desired; an object of desire.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Desire; sometimes, eager desire or longing.
  • n. An expression of desire; a request; a petition; sometimes, an expression of either a benevolent or a malevolent disposition toward others.
  • n. The thing desired; the object of desire.
  • To have a wish or desire; cherish some desire, either for what is or for what is not supposed to be obtainable; long: often with for before an object.
  • To desire; crave; covet; want; long for: as, what do you wish ? my master wishes to speak with you.
  • To desire (something) to be: with objective predicate.
  • To desire in behalf of some one or something (expressed by dative); invoke, or call down (upon): as, to wish one joy or luck.
  • To recommend; commend to another's confidence, approval, kindness, or care.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a specific feeling of desire
  • v. invoke upon
  • n. (usually plural) a polite expression of desire for someone's welfare
  • v. feel or express a desire or hope concerning the future or fortune of
  • v. order politely; express a wish for
  • n. an expression of some desire or inclination
  • v. hope for; have a wish
  • v. make or express a wish
  • n. the particular preference that you have
  • v. prefer or wish to do something

Etymologies

Middle English wissh, from wisshen, to wish, from Old English wȳscan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English wȳscan, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *wunskijanan (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I hate endings, but endings, are just new beginnings, right? right? as you wish, my love, as you wish~ old starlight - new starbright

    wendchymes Diary Entry

  • I really can't stand the skinny thing and I just wish wish *wish* you'd get your old look back.

    6th August '05

  • I will have his taste, I will have his smell, and he will have mine… while you just dream, dream, and wish, and wish…

    ugotsoul Diary Entry

  • “I thought that you might possibly wish me to get in touch with you, if only to give you a few details  …   Yes  …   Yes  …   When you wish  …   I will come to the Rue de Varenne then an hour from now  …  ”

    Maigret in Society

  • "I wish -- I _wish_ I could only show you how I love you -- how grateful I am for all your goodness; but you will never, never know."

    The International Monthly, Volume 2, No. 4, March, 1851

  • "I didn't mean for to wake you; but I wish -- I _wish_ I hadn't boned them coppers off Jim; it makes me feel so bad when I think as the King saw me;" and Wikkey buried his face in the kind arm which encircled him, in uncontrollable grief.

    Wikkey A Scrap

  • On the other hand, if we wish to express a _desire_ or _wish_, a

    Latin for Beginners

  • And after she had been here she wrote to her father in Cracow, where he is at manoeuvres, saying that if he would like to grant her her chief wish, then, when he came back to Vienna, he was to take me with him to K-- M--; this was really the _greatest wish_ she had ever had in her life!

    A Young Girl's Diary

  • "I wish -- I _wish_," he said, "that you would let me take you home."

    Vagabondia 1884

  • 'I wish I could hear what he's saying,' thought the little maiden, 'or most of all, I _wish_ he'd go and that other man too -- oh, he's going, but Mr. Redding is asking for something else now!

    The Rectory Children

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