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Synonyms for wish

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. wish

    Inclination is the mildest of these terms; it is a quiet, or even a vague or unconscious, tendency. Even when we speak of a strong or decided inclination we do not express the intensity of desire. Desire has a wide range, from the highest objects to the lowest; desire is for an object near at hand, or near in thought, and viewed as attainable; a wish may be for what is remote or uncertain, or even for what is recognized as impossible. Craving is stronger than hankering; hankering may be the result of a fitful and capricious appetite; craving may be the imperious and reasonable demand of the whole nature. Longing is a reaching out with deep and persistent demand for that which is viewed as now distant but at some time attainable; as, the captive's longing for release. Coveting ordinarily denotes wrong desire for that which is another's. Compare APPETITE.

    See synonyms for ANTIPATHY.

    appetency, appetite, aspiration, concupiscence, coveting, craving, desire, hankering, inclination, longing, proclivity, propensity

    The desire of fame; a desire for excellence.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. wishverb

    desire, long for, yearn, hanker, covet, crave

Princeton's WordNet

  1. wish, wishing, wantnoun

    a specific feeling of desire

    "he got his wish"; "he was above all wishing and desire"

    indirect request, neediness, need, deprivation, wishing, want, regard, privation, lack, deficiency, compliments

    resent, begrudge

  2. wish, indirect requestnoun

    an expression of some desire or inclination

    "I could tell that it was his wish that the guests leave"; "his crying was an indirect request for attention"

    want, compliments, regard, wishing, indirect request

    begrudge, resent

  3. regard, wish, complimentsnoun

    (usually plural) a polite expression of desire for someone's welfare

    "give him my kind regards"; "my best wishes"

    indirect request, paying attention, esteem, wishing, want, respect, attentiveness, gaze, heed, compliments, regard

    begrudge, resent

  4. wishverb

    the particular preference that you have

    "it was his last wish"; "they should respect the wishes of the people"

    want, compliments, regard, wishing, indirect request

    resent, begrudge

  5. wishverb

    hope for; have a wish

    "I wish I could go home now"

    care, wish well, bid, like

    begrudge, resent

  6. wish, care, likeverb

    prefer or wish to do something

    "Do you care to try this dish?"; "Would you like to come along to the movies?"

    bid, wish well, like, care, give care, handle, manage, worry, deal

    begrudge, resent

  7. wishverb

    make or express a wish

    "I wish that Christmas were over"

    care, wish well, bid, like

    begrudge, resent

  8. wish, wish wellverb

    feel or express a desire or hope concerning the future or fortune of

    care, wish well, bid, like

    begrudge, resent

  9. wishverb

    order politely; express a wish for

    care, wish well, bid, like

    begrudge, resent

  10. wish, bidverb

    invoke upon

    "wish you a nice evening"; "bid farewell"

    tender, bid, wish well, invite, like, care, entreat, conjure, beseech, offer, press, call, adjure

    begrudge, resent

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. wishverb

    desire, long, hanker, list

  2. wishverb

    desire, long for, hanker after, set one's heart upon

  3. wishnoun

    desire, mind, longing, hankering, liking

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. wishnoun

    desire, longing, aspiration, hankering

  2. wishverb

    desire, aspire, invoke, imprecate, congratulate, felicitate (wish happiness to)

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How to use wish in a sentence?

  1. Axel Stein:

    There's a general feeling that the art market in general is very strong, and we believe we can surf that wave, if you wish.

  2. Scott Swift:

    There are forces of instability at play in the region, and that's generating uncertainty, i wish I had a crystal ball that I look into the future and see. I am concerned about the forces of detribalization that appear to be more current here in the theater.

  3. Candus Bly:

    I wish they would come forward and explain themselves, if you’re not a suspect, at least come forward and say what you’ve seen.

  4. Thomas Jefferson:

    I have seen enough of one war never to wish to see another.

  5. Ludwig van Beethoven:

    I wish you all the good and charm that life can offer. Think of me kindly, and rest assured that no one would more rejoice to hear of your happiness.

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