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Meaning & Definition of Wish in English

English

Wish

/wɪʃ/

noun

1. A specific feeling of desire

  • "He got his wish"
  • "He was above all wishing and desire"
    synonym:
  • wish
  • ,
  • 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"
    synonym:
  • wish
  • ,
  • indirect request

3. (usually plural) a polite expression of desire for someone's welfare

  • "Give him my kind regards"
  • "My best wishes"
    synonym:
  • regard
  • ,
  • wish
  • ,
  • compliments

4. The particular preference that you have

  • "It was his last wish"
  • "They should respect the wishes of the people"
    synonym:
  • wish

verb

1. Hope for

  • Have a wish
  • "I wish i could go home now"
    synonym:
  • wish

2. Prefer or wish to do something

  • "Do you care to try this dish?"
  • "Would you like to come along to the movies?"
    synonym:
  • wish
  • ,
  • care
  • ,
  • like

3. Make or express a wish

  • "I wish that christmas were over"
    synonym:
  • wish

4. Feel or express a desire or hope concerning the future or fortune of

    synonym:
  • wish
  • ,
  • wish well

5. Order politely

  • Express a wish for
    synonym:
  • wish

6. Invoke upon

  • "Wish you a nice evening"
  • "Bid farewell"
    synonym:
  • wish
  • ,
  • bid

Examples of using

I wish I knew where Tom was.
I wish things could have been different.
We can go together if you wish.