wish


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wish \Wish\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Wished; p. pr. & vb. n.
   Wishing.] [OE. wischen, weschen, wuschen, AS. w?scan; akin
   to D. wenschen, G. w["u]nschen, Icel. [ae]eskja, Dan.
   ["o]nske, Sw. ["o]nska; from AS. w?sc a wish; akin to OD. &
   G. wunsch, OHG. wunsc, Icel. ?sk, Skr. v[=a]?ch[=a] a wish,
   v[=a]?ch to wish; also to Skr. van to like, to wish. ?. See
   Winsome, Win, v. t., and cf. Wistful.]
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   1. To have a desire or yearning; to long; to hanker.
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            They cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished
            for the day.                          --Acts xxvii.
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            This is as good an argument as an antiquary could
            wish for.                             --Arbuthnot.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wish \Wish\, v. t.
   1. To desire; to long for; to hanker after; to have a mind or
      disposition toward.
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            I would not wish
            Any companion in the world but you.   --Shak.
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            I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper.
                                                  --3. John 2.
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   2. 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.
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            I would not wish them to a fairer death. --Shak.
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            I wish it may not prove some ominous foretoken of
            misfortune to have met with such a miser as I am.
                                                  --Sir P.
                                                  Sidney.
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            Let them be driven backward, and put to shame, that
            wish me evil.                         --Ps. xl. 14.
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   3. To recommend; to seek confidence or favor in behalf of.
      [Obs.] --Shak.
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            I would be glad to thrive, sir,
            And I was wished to your worship by a gentleman.
                                                  --B. Jonson.
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   Syn: See Desire.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wish \Wish\, n.
   1. Desire; eager desire; longing.
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            Behold, I am according to thy wish in God a stead.
                                                  --Job xxxiii.
                                                  6.
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   2. Expression of desire; request; petition; hence, invocation
      or imprecation.
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            Blistered be thy tongue for such a wish. --Shak.
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   3. A thing desired; an object of desire.
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            Will he, wise, let loose at once his ire . . .
            To give his enemies their wish!       --Milton.
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