from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.
  • noun An expression of a desire, longing, or strong inclination.
  • noun An expression of desire for the happiness or success of another.
  • noun Something desired or longed for.
  • intransitive verb To long for; want. synonym: desire.
  • intransitive verb To feel or express a desire for.
  • intransitive verb To order, entreat, or request.
  • intransitive verb To desire (something bad) to happen to someone.
  • intransitive verb To have or feel a desire.
  • intransitive verb To express a wish.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun Desire; sometimes, eager desire or longing.
  • noun An expression of desire; a request; a petition; sometimes, an expression of either a benevolent or a malevolent disposition toward others.
  • noun The thing desired; the object of desire.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To have a desire or yearning; to long; to hanker.
  • transitive verb To desire; to long for; to hanker after; to have a mind or disposition toward.
  • transitive verb 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 verb obsolete To recommend; to seek confidence or favor in behalf of.
  • noun Desire; eager desire; longing.
  • noun Expression of desire; request; petition; hence, invocation or imprecation.
  • noun A thing desired; an object of desire.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a will for something to happen.
  • noun Sussex a water meadow.
  • verb intransitive To hope (for a particular outcome).
  • verb transitive, with two objects To bestow (a thought or gesture) towards (someone or something).
  • verb To request or desire to do an activity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a specific feeling of desire
  • verb invoke upon
  • noun (usually plural) a polite expression of desire for someone's welfare
  • verb feel or express a desire or hope concerning the future or fortune of
  • verb order politely; express a wish for
  • noun an expression of some desire or inclination
  • verb hope for; have a wish
  • verb make or express a wish
  • noun the particular preference that you have
  • verb prefer or wish to do something


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English wȳscan, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *wunskijanan


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