Definition of wish noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



1 [countable] a desire or a feeling that you want to do something or have something wish (to do something)She expressed a wish to be alone.He had no wish to start a fight.His dearest wish (= what he wants most of all) is to see his grandchildren again. wish for somethingI can understand her wish for secrecy. wish that…It was her dying wish that I should have it.2 [countable] a thing that you want to have or to happento carry out someone's wishesI'm sure that you will get your wish.She married against her parents' wishes. see also death wish3 [countable] an attempt to make something happen by thinking hard about it, especially in stories when it often happens by magicThrow some money in the fountain and make a wish.The genie granted him three wishes.The prince's wish came true.4 wishes [plural] wish (for something) used especially in a letter or card to say that you hope that someone will be happy, well, or successfulWe all send our best wishes for the future.Give my good wishes to the family.With best wishes (= for example, at the end of a letter)IDIOMS

if wishes were horses, beggars would/might ride

(old-fashioned, saying) wishing for something does not make it happenif wishes were horses, beggars would rideif wishes were horses, beggars might ride

your wish is my command

(humorous) used to say that you are ready to do whatever someone asks you to doyour wish is my command

the wish is father to the thought

(saying) we believe a thing because we want it to be truethe wish is father to the thought