Wish

Definition of Wish

v. i.1.
[imp. & p. p. Wished ; p. pr. & vb. n. Wishing.]
1.To have a desire or yearning; to long; to hanker.
This is as good an argument as an antiquary could wish for.
- Arbuthnot.
v. t.1.To desire; to long for; to hanker after; to have a mind or disposition toward.
I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper.
- 3. John 2.
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.
I would not wish them to a fairer death.
- Shak.
Let them be driven backward, and put to shame, that wish me evil.
- Ps. xl. 14.
3.To recommend; to seek confidence or favor in behalf of.
n.1.Desire; eager desire; longing.
Behold, I am according to thy wish in God a stead.
- Job xxxiii. 6.
2.Expression of desire; request; petition; hence, invocation or imprecation.
Blistered be thy tongue for such a wish.
- Shak.
3.A thing desired; an object of desire.
Will he, wise, let loose at once his ire . . .
To give his enemies their wish!
- Milton.

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