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The generous wish to share with all what is precious, to spread broadcast priceless truths, to shut out none from the illumination of true knowledge, has resulted in a zeal without discretion that has vulgarised Christianity, and has presented its teachings in a form that often repels the heart and alienates the intellect.
Annie Besant

Meaning of "wish" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD WISH

Old English wӯscan; related to Old Norse öskja, German wünschen, Dutch wenschen.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF WISH

wish  [wɪʃ] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF WISH

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Wish is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb wish in English.

WHAT DOES WISH MEAN IN ENGLISH?

wish

Wish

A wish is a hope or desire for something. Fictionally, wishes can be used as plot devices. In folklore, opportunities for "making a wish" or for wishes to "come true" or "be granted" are themes that are sometimes used.

Definition of wish in the English dictionary

The first definition of wish in the dictionary is when tr, takes a clause as object or an infinitive; when intr, often foll by for to want or desire. Other definition of wish is to feel or express a desire or hope concerning the future or fortune of. Wish is also to desire or prefer to be as specified.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO WISH

PRESENT

Present
I wish
you wish
he/she/it wishes
we wish
you wish
they wish
Present continuous
I am wishing
you are wishing
he/she/it is wishing
we are wishing
you are wishing
they are wishing
Present perfect
I have wished
you have wished
he/she/it has wished
we have wished
you have wished
they have wished
Present perfect continuous
I have been wishing
you have been wishing
he/she/it has been wishing
we have been wishing
you have been wishing
they have been wishing
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I wished
you wished
he/she/it wished
we wished
you wished
they wished
Past continuous
I was wishing
you were wishing
he/she/it was wishing
we were wishing
you were wishing
they were wishing
Past perfect
I had wished
you had wished
he/she/it had wished
we had wished
you had wished
they had wished
Past perfect continuous
I had been wishing
you had been wishing
he/she/it had been wishing
we had been wishing
you had been wishing
they had been wishing
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will wish
you will wish
he/she/it will wish
we will wish
you will wish
they will wish
Future continuous
I will be wishing
you will be wishing
he/she/it will be wishing
we will be wishing
you will be wishing
they will be wishing
Future perfect
I will have wished
you will have wished
he/she/it will have wished
we will have wished
you will have wished
they will have wished
Future perfect continuous
I will have been wishing
you will have been wishing
he/she/it will have been wishing
we will have been wishing
you will have been wishing
they will have been wishing
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would wish
you would wish
he/she/it would wish
we would wish
you would wish
they would wish
Conditional continuous
I would be wishing
you would be wishing
he/she/it would be wishing
we would be wishing
you would be wishing
they would be wishing
Conditional perfect
I would have wish
you would have wish
he/she/it would have wish
we would have wish
you would have wish
they would have wish
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been wishing
you would have been wishing
he/she/it would have been wishing
we would have been wishing
you would have been wishing
they would have been wishing
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you wish
we let´s wish
you wish
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to wish
Past participle
wished
Present Participle
wishing
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE WISH

wisewoman
wish fulfilment
wish list
wish on
wish-wash
wisha
wishbone
wishbone boom
wisher
wishes
wishful
wishful thinker
wishful thinking
wishfully
wishfulness
wishing well
wishless
wisht
wishtonwish
wishy-washily

WORDS THAT END LIKE WISH

British
childish
Danish
dish
English
establish
fetish
finish
Finnish
fish
Irish
Jewish
on the parish
polish
publish
Scottish
Spanish
stylish
Swedish
Turkish

Synonyms and antonyms of wish in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «WISH»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «wish» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of wish

Translation of «wish» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF WISH

Find out the translation of wish to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of wish from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «wish» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

愿望
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

deseo
570 millions of speakers

English

wish
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

इच्छा
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

أُمْنِيَّة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

желание
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

desejo
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

কামনা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

souhait
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Ingin
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Wunsch
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

願い
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

소원
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Pengin
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

điều ước
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

விரும்புகிறேன்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

इच्छा
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

dilek
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

desiderio
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

życzenie
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

бажання
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

dorință
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

ευχή
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

wens
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

önskan
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

ønske
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of wish

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «WISH»

The term «wish» is very widely used and occupies the 1.553 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «WISH» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «wish» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «wish» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about wish

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10 QUOTES WITH «WISH»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word wish.
1
Chris Abani
The Igbo used to say that they built their own gods. They would come together as a community, and they would express a wish. And their wish would then be brought to a priest, who would find a ritual object, and the appropriate sacrifices would be made, and the shrine would be built for the god.
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali
People ask me if I have some kind of death wish, to keep saying the things I do. The answer is no: I would like to keep living. However, some things must be said, and there are times when silence becomes an accomplice to injustice.
3
Oksana Baiul
I wish I could say it's easy, but honestly, to get ready for a big championship is not as easy as it seems.
4
Annie Besant
The generous wish to share with all what is precious, to spread broadcast priceless truths, to shut out none from the illumination of true knowledge, has resulted in a zeal without discretion that has vulgarised Christianity, and has presented its teachings in a form that often repels the heart and alienates the intellect.
5
Berkeley Breathed
I'll confess right here that I secretly wish I'd have drawn a strip about a little boy with a fake tiger, going for adventures throughout the universe in spaceships of his imagination.
6
Fanny Brice
Affectation is a very good word when someone does not wish to confess to what he would none the less like to believe of himself.
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Edward Burtynsky
I wish I could create an IMAX film that would make my work accessible to a broader audience.
8
Thomas Campbell
An original something, dear maid, you would wish me to write; but how shall I begin? For I'm sure I have not original in me, Excepting Original Sin.
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Mark Canton
To be honest, I found the 3D in 'Avatar' to be inconsistent and while ground breaking in many respects, sometimes I thought it overwhelmed the storytelling. Technology aside, I wish 'Avatar' had been more original in its storytelling.
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Justin Chambers
Oh, I wish I could tell you I was a Mr. Fix-It, but I am not that kind of guy. I get frustrated so easily.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «WISH»

Discover the use of wish in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to wish and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Wish
If you could have anything, what would you wish for?
Alexandra Bullen, 2010
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The Last Wish
Geralt of Rivia is a witcher.
Andrzej Sapkowski, 2008
3
Ruby's Wish
In China, at a time when few girls are taught to read or write, Ruby dreams of going to the university with her brothers and male cousins.
Shirin Yim Bridges, 2002
4
We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with ...
This remarkable debut book chronicles what has happened in Rwanda and neighboring states since 1994, when the Rwandan government called on everyone in the Hutu majority to murder everyone in the Tutsi minority.
Philip Gourevitch, 1999
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Just One Wish
Seventeen-year-old Annika tries to cheer up her little brother Jeremy before his surgery to remove a cancerous tumor by bringing home his favorite television actor, Steve Raleigh, the star of "Teen Robin Hood."
Janette Rallison, 2009
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You Wish
Kayla McHenry?s sweet sixteen sucks!
Mandy Hubbard, 2010
7
Wish
While trying to help her eleven-year-old brother who suffers from cystic fibrosis get his greatest wish, fifteen-year-old Bee discovers that she has some special wishes of her own.
Joseph Monninger, 2012
8
Wish
Before Adam, their angry and worried father, can reach them, he must learn to follow seemingly useless leads, and to listen carefully to the tale that lies behind the villain’s bitterness.
Michael Tolkien, 2013
9
I Wish I'd Been There
With imagination, insight, and vivid detail, I Wish I’d Been There is an engaging tour through key events in American history. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Byron Hollinshead, 2007
10
I Wish Daddy Didn't Drink So Much
A young girl shares her feelings and frustrations about her alcoholic father's behavior.
‎1998

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «WISH»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term wish is used in the context of the following news items.
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Mobile Shopping App Wish Buys Android Lockscreen App Maker …
Mobile shopping startup Wish — fresh off a $500 million round of funding — has made its first acquisition. The company has acquired Locket, a startup that ... «TechCrunch, Jul 15»
2
Thousands without power as strong storms pass through
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – UPDATE 8:45 p.m.: IPLS says about 18,000 households remain with power. About 40,000 people were impacted by outages after ... «WISH-TV, Jul 15»
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Attorney: Fogle cooperating with law enforcement
ZIONSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) — Police were at the home of Subway spokesman Jared Fogle on Tuesday morning as part of a child porn investigation. A heavy ... «WISH-TV, Jul 15»
4
Viking's Choice: toe, 'My Little Wish'
Kashikura Takashi is a hell of a drummer. Fifteen years into the existence of toe, he's often been the focus of the instrumental Japanese post-rock band, and for ... «NPR, Jul 15»
5
Wish-Bone recalls Ranch dressing
The makers Wish-Bone salad dressing have voluntarily recalled a limited quantity of Wish-Bone Ranch Salad Dressing because the bottles contain blue cheese ... «Chicago Tribune, Jun 15»
6
Columbus couple asking for essay in exchange for home
COLUMBUS, Ind. (WISH) — What if you were told you could own a 6,200-square-foot home on almost 5 acres of property, complete with an indoor pool? «WISH-TV, Jun 15»
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Ross teen gives her 'Dream wish' to her mother for wedding day
Jenevieve chose the wish prior to starting a second phase of a trial of an experimental drug to slow her disease. She is the first person in Pittsburgh and one of ... «Tribune-Review, Jun 15»
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Even the funny Death Wish films are repugnantly fascist
In 1974, Death Wish fit snugly into a wave of films depicting New York City (specifically Manhattan) at best wildly unpleasant and at worst an apocalyptic ... «A.V. Club, May 15»
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Wish, a Direct-From-China Shopping App, Lures Bargain Hunters
On the smartphone shopping app Wish, everything is a bargain: A $2,470 man's watch for $69! A $399 waterproof Wi-Fi camera, just $89! $229 stilettos for the ... «Wall Street Journal, May 15»
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Indiana dentists accused of overtreating patients, overbilling Medicaid
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – UPDATE: May 20, 2015 — Indiana officials have given new information about dentists' billing practice. See update below. —. «WISH-TV, May 15»

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