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English noun: wish

1. wish (feeling) a specific feeling of desire

SamplesHe got his wish.
He was above all wishing and desire.

Synonymswant, wishing

Broader (hypernym)desire

Narrower (hyponym)velleity

2. wish (communication) an expression of some desire or inclination

SamplesI could tell that it was his wish that the guests leave.
His crying was an indirect request for attention.

Synonymsindirect request

Broader (hypernym)asking, request

3. wish (communication) (usually plural) a polite expression of desire for someone's welfare

SamplesGive him my kind regards.
My best wishes.

Synonymscompliments, regard

Broader (hypernym)greeting, salutation

Domain usageplural, plural form

4. wish (cognition) the particular preference that you have

SamplesIt was his last wish.
They should respect the wishes of the people.

Broader (hypernym)druthers, preference

English verb: wish

1. wish (emotion) hope for; have a wish

SamplesI wish I could go home now.

ExamplesThey wish him to write the letter

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)desire, want

Narrower (hyponym)desire, hope, trust

2. wish (emotion) prefer or wish to do something

SamplesDo you care to try this dish?.
Would you like to come along to the movies?.

ExamplesThey wish him to write the letter, They wish to move

Synonymscare, like

Pattern of useSomebody ----s to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)desire, want

Narrower (hyponym)please

3. wish (communication) make or express a wish

SamplesI wish that Christmas were over.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s that CLAUSE

Broader (hypernym)express, give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize

Verb groupwish

4. wish (emotion) feel or express a desire or hope concerning the future or fortune of

Synonymswish well

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something

Broader (hypernym)desire, want

Antonymsbegrudge, resent

5. wish (communication) order politely; express a wish for

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)order

Verb groupwish

6. wish (communication) invoke upon

SamplesWish you a nice evening.
Bid farewell.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)greet, recognise, recognize

Narrower (hyponym)congratulate, felicitate

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