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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theywish for
he/she/itwishes for
present participlewishing for
past tensewished for
past participlewished for
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  1. 1
    wish for something formal to want something

    They do not wish for pity.

    What more could anyone wish for?

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  2. 2
    wish for something to hope that something that you want will happen by magic or by the power of your thoughts

    We know what she’ll be wishing for on her birthday.

  3. 3
    be careful what you wish for (it might just happen) used for telling someone to think carefully about the changes that they would like in their life, as they might not make them any happier
  4. 4
    couldn’t wish for more/better etc. used for saying that someone or something is the best

    You couldn’t wish for a better friend.

    He could not have wished for a more pleasant vacation.

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