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wish

verb
 
 
/wɪʃ/
wish (that) B1 to want a situation that is different from the one that exists: I wish that I didn't have to go to work. I wish he would leave. I wish I had been there.Wanting thingsHoping and hopefulness
wish to do sth formal B2 to want to do something: I wish to speak to the manager.Wanting thingsHoping and hopefulness
wish sb luck/success, etc B1 to say that you hope someone will be lucky/successful, etc: I wished him luck for his test.Welcoming, greeting and greetings
I/you wish! informal used to say that you would like something to be true although you know it is not true: "Have your exams finished yet?" "I wish!"Feelings of desire
(Definition of wish verb from the Cambridge Learners Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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