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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