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1. 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.
3. Something desired or longed for: finally got his wish to see the ocean.
v. wished, wish·ing, wish·es
1. To long for; want. See Synonyms at desire.
2. To feel or express a desire for: I wish them good luck. He wished her good night.
3. To order, entreat, or request: I wish you to go. I wish it to be known that I disagree.
4. To desire (something bad) to happen to someone: I would not wish such an illness on anyone.
1. To have or feel a desire: wish for a successful outcome.
2. To express a wish.

[Middle English wissh, from wisshen, to wish, from Old English wȳscan; see wen- in Indo-European roots.]

wish′er n.
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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wishing - a specific feeling of desirewishing - a specific feeling of desire; "he got his wish"; "he was above all wishing and desire"
desire - the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
velleity - a mere wish, unaccompanied by effort to obtain
References in classic literature ?
Some place in Central America," Ned answered, not wishing to be too particular.
I didn't want her ring, and I felt there was something reckless and extravagant about her wishing to give it away to a boy she had never seen before.
Edna Pontellier could not have told why, wishing to go to the beach with Robert, she should in the first place have declined, and in the second place have followed in obedience to one of the two contradictory impulses which impelled her.
Sometimes, in despeate hours, he would find himself wishing that she might learn what it was, so that he need not be ashamed in her presence.
He'd sell his own mother at a good per centage--not wishing the old woman any harm, either.
So we set the pedometer and then stretched away on an easy, regular stride, down through the cloven forest, drawing in the fragrant breath of the morning in deep refreshing draughts, and wishing we might never have anything to do forever but walk to Oppenau and keep on doing it and then doing it over again.
That sounded pretty reasonable, so I didn't say no more; but I couldn't keep from studying over it and wishing I knowed who shot the man, and what they done it for.