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wish

 
 
pronunciation:
wIsh
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
features:
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: wishes, wishing, wished
definition 1: to long for; desire; want.
She wished her husband's safe return.He had long wished to visit India and Nepal.What do you wish me to do now?I wish that he would tell me what's bothering him.He wished that he had a brother or a sister.We all wished for the war to end soon.
synonyms:
desire, long for, want
similar words:
covet, crave, desiderate, will, will, yearn for
definition 2: to express wishes to or for.
I wish you well.We wish you good luck with your endeavors.
similar words:
bid, will
definition 3: (formal) to request or demand.
I wish an immediate apology.I wish to see the manager!
synonyms:
demand, desire, request
similar words:
ask, ask for, command, crave, entreat, expect, implore, want
definition 4: to bid.
As he stepped out the door, he wished us good day.
synonyms:
bid
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to desire; want (sometimes fol. by "for").
Everyone wishes for a peaceful solution to this problem.You may sit here, if you wish.
synonyms:
want
similar words:
aspire, burn, care, crave, hanker, hope, hunger, itch, like, long, pine, please, thirst, will, yearn
definition 2: to express or make a wish.
The farmers wished for an end to the terrible drought, but still the rain did not come.The child closed her eyes and wished for a beautiful white horse.Have you ever wished on a star?
similar words:
appeal, ask, beg, beseech, command, demand, entreat, plead
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a desire or longing for something.
I've had a wish to travel around the world since I was a child.
synonyms:
desire, hope, longing
similar words:
ambition, appetite, aspiration, craving, fancy, hunger, inclination, itch, mind, passion, pleasure, thirst, whim, will, yearning, yen
definition 2: an expression of a desire or wish.
He heard the woman's wish, but it was not in his power to fulfill it.
synonyms:
desire
similar words:
appeal, command, demand, entreaty, plea, request, will
definition 3: a thing wished for or desired.
He wanted to study medicine and eventually he obtained his wish.
synonyms:
desire
similar words:
ambition, demand, desideratum, expectation, fancy, hope, inclination, passion, preference, request, requirement
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