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Meaning of wish

wish

Pronunciation: (wish), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to want; desire; long for (usually fol. 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.
—v.i.
  1. to desire; long; yearn (often fol. by for): Mother says I may go if I wish. I wished for a book.
  2. to make a wish: She wished more than she worked.
  3. I wouldn't wish that awful job on my worst enemy.
    1. to force or impose (usually used in the negative):I wouldn't wish that awful job on my worst enemy.
    2. Also,wish upon.to make a wish using some object as a magical talisman:to wish on a star.
—n.
  1. an act or instance of wishing.
  2. a request or command: I was never forgiven for disregarding my father's wishes.
  3. an expression of a wish, often one of a kindly or courteous nature: to send one's best wishes.
  4. something wished or desired: He got his wish--a new car.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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