wish

[wish]
verb (used with object)
1.
to want; desire; long for (usually followed by an infinitive or a clause): I wish to travel. I wish that it were morning.
2.
to desire (a person or thing) to be (as specified): to wish the problem settled.
3.
to entertain wishes, favorably or otherwise, for: to wish someone well; to wish someone ill.
4.
to bid, as in greeting or leave-taking: to wish someone a good morning.
5.
to request or charge: I wish him to come.
verb (used without object)
6.
to desire; long; yearn (often followed by for ): Mother says I may go if I wish. I wished for a book.
7.
to make a wish: She wished more than she worked.
noun
8.
an act or instance of wishing.
9.
a request or command: I was never forgiven for disregarding my father's wishes.
10.
an expression of a wish, often one of a kindly or courteous nature: to send one's best wishes.
11.
something wished or desired: He got his wish—a new car.
Verb phrases
12.
wish on,
a.
to force or impose (usually used in the negative): I wouldn't wish that awful job on my worst enemy.
b.
Also, wish upon. to make a wish using some object as a magical talisman: to wish on a star.

Origin:
before 900; (v.) Middle English wisshen, Old English wȳscan; cognate with German wünschen, Old Norse æskja; akin to Old English wynn joy (see winsome), Latin venus charm (see Venus); (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.

wisher, noun
wishless, adjective
interwish, verb (used with object), noun
outwish, verb (used with object)


1. crave. Wish, desire, want indicate a longing for something. To wish is to feel an impulse toward attainment or possession of something; the strength of the feeling may be of greater or lesser intensity: I wish I could go home. Desire a more formal word, suggests a strong wish: They desire a new regime. Want usually colloquial in use, suggests a feeling of lack or need that imperatively demands fulfillment: People all over the world want peace. 5. direct, order. 12. will, want.
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wish (wɪʃ)
 
vb (when tr, takes a clause as object or an infinitive; when intr, often foll by for)
1.  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
2.  (tr) to feel or express a desire or hope concerning the future or fortune of: I wish you well
3.  (tr) to desire or prefer to be as specified
4.  (tr) to greet as specified; bid: he wished us good afternoon
5.  formal (tr) to order politely: I wish you to come at three o'clock
 
n
6.  the act of wishing; the expression of some desire or mental inclination: to make a wish
7.  something desired or wished for: he got his wish
8.  (usually plural) expressed hopes or desire, esp for someone's welfare, health, etc
9.  formal (often plural) a polite order or request
 
[Old English wӯscan; related to Old Norse öskja, German wünschen, Dutch wenschen]
 
'wisher
 
n
 
'wishless
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

wish
O.E. wyscan "to wish," from P.Gmc. *wunskijanan (cf. O.N. æskja, Dan. ønske, Swed. önska, M.Du. wonscen, Du. wensen, O.H.G. wunsken, Ger. wunschen "to wish"), from PIE *wun-/*wen-/*won- "to strive after, wish, desire, be satisfied" (cf. Skt. vanati "he desires, loves, wins," L. venus
"love, sexual desire, loveliness," venerari "to worship;" see Venus). The noun is attested from c.1300. Wishful first recorded 1523. Wishful thinking is recorded from 1932; wish fulfillment (1901) translates Ger. wunscherfüllung (Freud, "Die Traumdeutung," 1900).
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Example sentences for wished
She wished her daughter to become a pianist and thought her poetry was poor.
He wished to hasten its coming only so that he could also hasten its ultimate
  departure.
Henry wished to annul the marriage in order to marry another.
Who as university librarian refused him access to the books he wished to
  consult.
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