- The definition of a wish is a desire for something.
An example of wish is the want to travel across the world.
- Wish is defined as to desire something.
An example of wish is to really want to win the lottery.
- to have a longing for; want; desire; crave
- to have or express a desire concerning: to wish the day were over
- to have or express a desire concerning the fortune, circumstances, etc. of: to wish someone good luck
- to give a (specified) greeting to; bid: to wish a person good morning
- to request or order: to wish a person to come
- to impose (something burdensome or unpleasant) on someone
Origin of wishMiddle English wisshen ; from Old English wyscan, akin to German wünschen ; from Indo-European base an unverified form wen-, to strive (for), desire from source win, Classical Latin Venus
- to have a desire; long; yearn
- to make a wish
- the act of wishing; felt or expressed desire for something
- something wished for: to get one's wish
- a polite request with some of the force of an order
- expressed desire for a person's well-being, good fortune, etc.: to offer one's best wishes
- A feeling that one would like to have or do something or to see something happen; a desire, longing, or strong inclination for a specific thing.
- a. An expression of a desire, longing, or strong inclination: carried out the wishes included in the will.b. An expression of desire for the happiness or success of another: sent me his best wishes.
- Something desired or longed for: finally got his wish to see the ocean.
verbwished, wish·ing, wish·es
- To long for; want. See Synonyms at desire.
- To feel or express a desire for: I wish them good luck. He wished her good night.
- To order, entreat, or request: I wish you to go. I wish it to be known that I disagree.
- To desire (something bad) to happen to someone: I would not wish such an illness on anyone.
- To have or feel a desire: wish for a successful outcome.
- To express a wish.
Origin of wishMiddle English wissh, from wisshen, to wish, from Old English w&ymacron;scan; see wen-1 in Indo-European roots.
- a desire, hope, or longing for something or for something to happen
- an expression of such a desire etc.
- the process of expressing or thinking about such a desire etc. (often connected with ideas of magic and supernatural power(s)
- the thing desired or longed for
- Your dearest wish will come true.
- (Sussex) a water meadow.
- Collocates with make for the common expression make a wish. See Appendix:Collocations of do, have, make, and take
(third-person singular simple present wishes, present participle wishing, simple past and past participle wished)
- To desire; to want.
- I'll come tomorrow, if you wish it.
- (intransitive, followed by for) To hope (for a particular outcome).
- (with two objects) To bestow (a thought or gesture) towards (someone or something).
- We wish you a Merry Christmas.
- (followed by to and an infinitive) To request or desire to do an activity.
- To recommend; to seek confidence or favour on behalf of.
- In sense 3, this is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive.
From Old English wÈ³scan, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *wunskijanÄ…