- 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
- [pl.] 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 wéscan ; see wen-1 in Indo-European roots.
Usage Note: Wish is widely used as a polite substitute for want with infinitives: Do you wish to sit at a table on the terrace? Anyone who wishes to may leave now. This usage is appropriate for formal style, where it is natural to treat the desires of others with exaggerated deference. The corresponding use of wish with a noun-phrase object is less frequent: Anyone who wishes an aisle seat should see an attendant. Both usages are likely to sound stilted in informal style, however, and want may be substituted for wish. • A traditional rule requires the use of were rather than was in a contrary-to-fact statement that follows wish: I wish I were (not was ) lighter on my feet. While many people continue to insist on upholding this rule, the indicative was in such clauses can be found in the works of many well-known writers. See Usage Note at if.
- 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…