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noun [countable] wish pronunciation in American English /wɪʃ/
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  1. 1
    a feeling that you want something or want to do something
    express a wish: He’d expressed a wish to go there.
    respect someone’s wishes: I have to respect the wishes of my client.
    against someone’s wishes: She married him against her parents’ wishes.
    according to someone’s wishes: He was buried, according to his wishes, in a private ceremony.
    1. a.
      the thing that you want to have or do
      Our one wish is to complete this job thoroughly.
      get your wish: Since you have been so good, you will get your wish to have ice cream for dessert.
      a last wish (=someone’s final wish before they die): His last wish was to see his grandson once more.
      grant someone’s wish (=give someone what they want): So far we have been unable to grant her wish.
    See also death wish
  2. 2
    something that you hope will happen by magic or by the power of your mind
    make a wish (=think about what you want and hope that it will happen): Make a wish and then blow out the candles.



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