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a desire to do something, to have something, or to have something happen
It's important to respect the wishes of the patient.
politicians who ignore the public's wishes
wish to do something
Despite her wish to continue working, she was forced to retire at the age of 62.
to see the children.
Jenny's always wanted to live in the country. Now she's finally
she has got what she wanted
somebody's wish is granted/fulfilled
someone gets what they want
somebody's wish comes true
someone gets what they want, especially in a surprising or unexpected way
somebody's last/dying wish
something that someone says they want just before they die
His last wish was that he should be buried back home in California.
somebody's greatest wish
somebody's dearest wish
what you want most of all
His dearest wish was to become a father.
against somebody's wishes
if you do something against someone's wishes, you do it even though you know they do not want you to
She'd left school against her mother's wishes.
go against somebody's wishes
do something against their wishes
best/good/warmest etc wishes
used, especially in cards and letters, to say that you hope someone will be happy, successful, or healthy
best/good/warmest etc wishes for
Best wishes for a long and happy retirement!
She asked me to
to all her friends and colleagues.
(With) best wishes
used at the end of a letter before you sign your name
With best wishes, Celia.
have no wish to do something
used to emphasize that you do not want or intend to do something
I have no wish to speak to her ever again.
a silent request for something to happen as if by magic
Close your eyes and
make a wish
your wish is my command
used humorously to say that you will do whatever someone asks you to do
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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