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wish

2 noun
     
wish2 S3 [countable]
1 a desire to do something, to have something, or to have something happen
wish of
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.
She had expressed a wish to see the children.
Jenny's always wanted to live in the country. Now she's finally got her wish (=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 also somebody's dearest wish British English (=what you want most of all)
His dearest wish was to become a father.
death wish
2

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)
3

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 pass on her good wishes 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.
4

have no wish to do something

formal used to emphasize that you do not want or intend to do something:
I have no wish to speak to her ever again.
5 a silent request for something to happen as if by magic:
Close your eyes and make a wish.
6

your wish is my command

used humorously to say that you will do whatever someone asks you to do

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