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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 parentswishes.

    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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