from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A desire, longing, or strong inclination for a specific thing.
- n. An expression of a desire, longing, or strong inclination; a petition.
- n. Something desired or longed for.
- transitive v. To long for; want. See Synonyms at desire.
- transitive v. To entertain or express wishes for; bid: He wished her good night.
- transitive v. To call or invoke upon: I wish them luck.
- transitive v. To order or entreat: I wish you to go.
- transitive v. To impose or force; foist: They wished a hard job on her.
- intransitive v. To have or feel a desire: wish for the moon.
- intransitive v. To express a wish.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. a will for something to happen.
- n. a water meadow.
- v. To hope (for a particular outcome).
- v. To bestow (a thought or gesture) towards (someone or something).
- v. To request or desire to do an activity.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To have a desire or yearning; to long; to hanker.
- transitive v. To desire; to long for; to hanker after; to have a mind or disposition toward.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To recommend; to seek confidence or favor in behalf of.
- n. Desire; eager desire; longing.
- n. Expression of desire; request; petition; hence, invocation or imprecation.
- n. A thing desired; an object of desire.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Desire; sometimes, eager desire or longing.
- n. An expression of desire; a request; a petition; sometimes, an expression of either a benevolent or a malevolent disposition toward others.
- n. The thing desired; the object of desire.
- To have a wish or desire; cherish some desire, either for what is or for what is not supposed to be obtainable; long: often with for before an object.
- To desire; crave; covet; want; long for: as, what do you wish ? my master wishes to speak with you.
- To desire (something) to be: with objective predicate.
- To desire in behalf of some one or something (expressed by dative); invoke, or call down (upon): as, to wish one joy or luck.
- To recommend; commend to another's confidence, approval, kindness, or care.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a specific feeling of desire
- v. invoke upon
- n. (usually plural) a polite expression of desire for someone's welfare
- v. feel or express a desire or hope concerning the future or fortune of
- v. order politely; express a wish for
- n. an expression of some desire or inclination
- v. hope for; have a wish
- v. make or express a wish
- n. the particular preference that you have
- v. prefer or wish to do something
Middle English wissh, from wisshen, to wish, from Old English wȳscan.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English wȳscan, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *wunskijanan (Wiktionary)