(1)   The particular preference that you have
"It was his last wish"
"They should respect the wishes of the people"
(2)   (usually plural) a polite expression of desire for someone's welfare
"Give him my kind regards"
"My best wishes"
(3)   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"
(4)   A specific feeling of desire
"He got his wish"
"He was above all wishing and desire"


(5)   Have in mind
"I will take the exam tomorrow"
(6)   Invoke upon
"Wish you a nice evening"
"Bid farewell"
(7)   Order politely; express a wish for
(8)   Make or express a wish
"I wish that Christmas were over"
(9)   Hope for; have a wish
"I wish I could go home now"
(10)   Feel or express a desire or hope concerning the future or fortune of
(11)   Prefer or wish to do something
"Do you care to try this dish?"
"Would you like to come along to the movies?"


  1. a will for something to happen.
    Your dearest wish will come true.
  2. a water meadow.


  1. (with for) to hope (for a particular outcome)
  2. to bestow (a thought or gesture) towards (someone or something)
    We wish you a Merry Christmas.
  3. To request or desire to do an activity.
    I wish to complain.

Usage notes

  • In sense 3, this is a catenative verb that takes the to infinitive. See Appendix:English catenative verbs