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wish (v.)

Old English wyscan "to wish, cherish a desire," from Proto-Germanic *wunsk- (source also of Old Norse œskja, Danish ønske, Swedish önska, Middle Dutch wonscen, Dutch wensen, Old High German wunsken, German wunschen "to wish"), from PIE root *wen- (1) "to desire, strive for." Related: Wished; wishing. Wishing well as an enchanted water hole attested by 1819.

wish (n.)

early 14c., "act of wishing," also "what one wishes for," from wish (v.). Cognate with Old Norse osk, Middle Dutch wonsc, Dutch wens, Old High German wunsc, German Wunsch "a wish." Wish fulfillment (1901) translates German wunscherfüllung (Freud, "Die Traumdeutung," 1900).

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Definitions of wish from WordNet
1
wish (v.)
hope for; have a wish;
I wish I could go home now
wish (v.)
prefer or wish to do something;
Synonyms: care / like
wish (v.)
make or express a wish;
I wish that Christmas were over
wish (v.)
feel or express a desire or hope concerning the future or fortune of;
Synonyms: wish well
wish (v.)
order politely; express a wish for;
wish (v.)
invoke upon;
wish you a nice evening
Synonyms: bid
2
wish (n.)
a specific feeling of desire;
he got his wish
he was above all wishing and desire
Synonyms: wishing / want
wish (n.)
an expression of some desire or inclination;
I could tell that it was his wish that the guests leave
Synonyms: indirect request
wish (n.)
(usually plural) a polite expression of desire for someone's welfare;
my best wishes
Synonyms: regard / compliments
wish (n.)
the particular preference that you have;
they should respect the wishes of the people
it was his last wish
From wordnet.princeton.edu