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verb wish pronunciation in American English /wɪʃ/
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present tense
I/you/we/theywish
he/she/itwishes
present participlewishing
past tensewished
past participlewished
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to want something to happen although it is unlikely
    wish (that): I wish I was rich!
    Andy wished that he could think of a way to help.
    I wish Beth would stop interfering.
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  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] formal to want something, or to want to do something
    You may have a look around, if you wish.
    You can sit as close to the stage as you wish.
    wish to do something: Please do not hesitate to contact me if you wish to discuss the matter.
  3. 3
    [transitive] used for saying that you hope that someone enjoys something or that something good happens to them
    wish someone a Happy Birthday/Merry Christmas etc.: May I wish you all a very Merry Christmas.
    wish someone luck/happiness/success: I wish you every success.

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