Definitions for: Wish

[n] the particular preference that you have; "it was his last wish"; "they should respect the wishes of the people"
[n] (usually plural) a polite expression of desire for someone's welfare; "give him my kind regards"; "my best wishes"
[n] an expression of some desire or inclination; "I could tell that it was his wish that the guests leave"; "his crying was an indirect request for attention"
[n] a specific feeling of desire; "he got his wish"; "he was above all wishing and desire"
[v] have in mind; "I will take the exam tomorrow"
[v] invoke upon; "wish you a nice evening"; "bid farewell"
[v] order politely; express a wish for
[v] make or express a wish; "I wish that Christmas were over"
[v] hope for; have a wish; "I wish I could go home now"
[v] feel or express a desire or hope concerning the future or fortune of
[v] prefer or wish to do something; "Do you care to try this dish?"; "Would you like to come along to the movies?"

Webster (1913) Definition: Wish, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wished; p. pr. & vb. n.
Wishing.] [OE. wischen, weschen, wuschen, AS. w?scan; akin
to D. wenschen, G. w["u]nschen, Icel. [ae]eskja, Dan.
["o]nske, Sw. ["o]nska; from AS. w?sc a wish; akin to OD. &
G. wunsch, OHG. wunsc, Icel. ?sk, Skr. v[=a]?ch[=a] a wish,
v[=a]?ch to wish; also to Skr. van to like, to wish. ?. See
Winsome, Win, v. t., and cf. Wistful.]
1. To have a desire or yearning; to long; to hanker.

They cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished
for the day. --Acts xxvii.

This is as good an argument as an antiquary could
wish for. --Arbuthnot.

Wish, v. t.
1. To desire; to long for; to hanker after; to have a mind or
disposition toward.

I would not wish Any companion in the world but you.

I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper.
--3. John 2.

2. 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.

I would not wish them to a fairer death. --Shak.

I wish it may not prove some ominous foretoken of
misfortune to have met with such a miser as I am.
--Sir P.

Let them be driven backward, and put to shame, that
wish me evil. --Ps. xl. 14.

3. To recommend; to seek confidence or favor in behalf of.
[Obs.] --Shak.

I would be glad to thrive, sir, And I was wished to
your worship by a gentleman. --B. Jonson.

Syn: See Desire.

Wish, n.
1. Desire; eager desire; longing.

Behold, I am according to thy wish in God a stead.
--Job xxxiii.

2. Expression of desire; request; petition; hence, invocation
or imprecation.

Blistered be thy tongue for such a wish. --Shak.

3. A thing desired; an object of desire.

Will he, wise, let loose at once his ire . . . To
give his enemies their wish! --Milton.

Synonyms: bid, care, compliments, indirect request, like, regard, want, will, wish well, wishing

Antonyms: begrudge, resent

See Also: asking, congratulate, desire, desire, druthers, express, felicitate, give tongue to, greet, greeting, hope, intend, mean, order, please, preference, recognise, recognize, request, salutation, think, trust, utter, velleity, verbalise, verbalize, want

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