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wish

verb  us   /wɪʃ/

wish verb (DESIRE DIFFERENT SITUATION)

[+ (that) clause] to desire some situation that is different from the one that exists: I wish (that) I didn’t have to go to work today. She wished she could afford a new car. I wish I hadn’t eaten so much.

wish verb (EXPRESS DESIRE)

[I/T] to hope that you will get something or that something will happen: [I] I was wishing for summer so hard I could almost make it happen at that moment.

wish verb (WANT SOMETHING)

fml to want something, or want to do something: [+ to infinitive] If you wish to volunteer to work in the museum, please indicate what department you are interested in.

wish verb (EXPRESS KIND FEELINGS)

[T] to express kind feelings for someone on a particular occasion: Don’t forget to wish her a happy birthday. I’m off for the interview now – wish me luck. His old teammates wished him well (= hoped that he did well).
wishes
plural noun  us   /ˈwɪʃ·əz/
an expression of kind feelings for someone, esp. on a particular occasion: When you see Joyce, please give her my best wishes.
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