Wish v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wished p. pr. & vb. n. Wishing.]
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. 29.
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. --Shak.
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. Sidney.
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.]
I would be glad to thrive, sir,
And I was wished to your worship by a gentleman. --B. Jonson.
Syn: -- See Desire.
1. Desire; eager desire; longing.
Behold, I am according to thy wish in God a stead. --Job xxxiii. 6.
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.
n 1: a specific feeling of desire; "he got his wish"; "he was
above all wishing and desire" [syn: wishing, want]
2: 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" [syn: indirect
3: (usually plural) a polite expression of desire for someone's
welfare; "give him my kind regards"; "my best wishes"
[syn: regard, compliments]
4: the particular preference that you have; "it was his last
wish"; "they should respect the wishes of the people"
v 1: hope for; have a wish; "I wish I could go home now"
2: prefer or wish to do something; "Do you care to try this
dish?"; "Would you like to come along to the movies?"
[syn: care, like]
3: have in mind; "I will take the exam tomorrow" [syn: will]
4: make or express a wish; "I wish that Christmas were over"
5: feel or express a desire or hope concerning the future or
fortune of [syn: wish well] [ant: begrudge]
6: order politely; express a wish for
7: invoke upon; "wish you a nice evening"; "bid farewell" [syn: