[wɪʃ] verb I
1) [T] to want something to happen although it is unlikely
I wish I was rich![/ex]
Andy wished that he could think of a way of helping.[/ex]
I wish Beth would stop interfering.[/ex]
2) [T] used for saying that you feel sorry or disappointed about something that you did or did not do
I wish I'd never come![/ex]
Now he wished that he had listened more carefully.[/ex]
3) [I/T] formal
to want something, or to want to do something
You may attend the meeting if you wish.[/ex]
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss the matter.[/ex]
4) [T]wish sb sth used for saying that you hope someone enjoys something or that something good happens to them
May I wish you all a very Merry Christmas.[/ex]
I wish you every success.[/ex]
The crowd wished them well as they left for their honeymoon.[/ex]
I wish — used for saying that something is not true, although you would be pleased if it were true[/ex]
'Did she give you some money?' 'I wish!'[/ex]
you wishspoken used for telling someone that the thing that they want to happen is completely impossible[/ex]
'I told Ben that Sally was my girlfriend.' 'You wish!'[/ex]
- wish for sth
noun [C]
wish */[wɪʃ]
1) a feeling that you want something or want to do something
He'd expressed a wish to go there.[/ex]
I have to respect the wishes of my client.[/ex]
death wish
2) the thing that you want to have or to do
Our one wish is to find a cure for this disease.[/ex]
3) something that you hope will happen by magic or by the power of your mind
Make a wish and then blow out the candles.[/ex]
best wishes — 1) used for saying that you hope that something good will happen to someone[/ex]
Please give them our best wishes for the happy day.[/ex]

— 2) a friendly and polite way of ending a letter or email

best wishes — used as a polite and friendly greeting before you sign your name on a letter or card[/ex]

Dictionary for writing and speaking English. 2014.

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