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  Dictionary Definition of wish

verb (t)
1. to want; desire; long for (often with an infinitive or a clause as object): I wish to see him ; I wish that he would come.
2. to desire (a person or thing) to be (as specified): to wish oneself elsewhere.
3. to entertain wishes of something, favourable or otherwise, for: to wish one well or ill.
4. to bid, as in greeting or leave-taking: to wish one a good morning.
5. to command, request, or entreat: I wish him to come.
-- verb (i)
6. to have a desire, longing, or yearning.
7. to express a desire (for something), as in a magic ritual: blow out the candles and wish.
-- noun
8. a distinct mental inclination towards the doing, obtaining, attaining, etc., of something; a desire, felt or expressed: disregard the wishes of others.
9. an expression of a wish, often one of a kindly or courteous nature: send one's best wishes.
10. that which is wished: get one's wish.
11. an act of ritual wishing: to make a wish.
-- phrase
12. wish on, to force or impose on: to wish a hard job on someone.
13. wish on or wish upon, to perform a magic ritual, using something as a talisman or charm: to wish upon a forked hazel twig.
[ME wisshe, OE wyscan, c. G wünschen, Icel. æskja ]
-- wisher, noun