not usually used in the present progressive tense
to want sth to happen or to be true even though it is unlikely or impossible
I wish I were taller.
I wish I was taller.
I wish I hadn't eaten so much.
‘Where is he now?’ ‘ I only wish I knew!’
I wish you wouldn't leave your clothes all over the floor.
He's dead and it's no use wishing him alive again.
She wished herself a million miles away.
to want to do sth; to want sth to happen
You may stay until morning, if you wish .
‘I'd rather not talk now.’ ‘ (Just) as you wish .’
This course is designed for people wishing to update their computer skills.
I wish to speak to the manager.
I don't wish (= I don't mean) to be rude, but could you be a little quieter?
She could not believe that he wished her harm.
He was not sure whether he wished her to stay or go.
to think very hard that you want sth, especially sth that can only be achieved by good luck or magic
She shut her eyes and wished for him to get better.
If you wish really hard, maybe you'll get what you want.
It's no use wishing for the impossible.
He has everything he could possibly wish for.
to say that you hope that sb will be happy, lucky, etc.
I wished her a happy birthday.
Wish me luck!
We wish them both well in their retirement.
used to say that sth is impossible or very unlikely, although you wish it were possible
‘You'll have finished by tomorrow.’ ‘I wish!’
to try to get rid of sth by wishing it did not exist
used in negative sentences
to want sb to have sth unpleasant
I wouldn't wish something like that on my worst enemy.
a desire or a feeling that you want to do sth or have sth
She expressed a wish to be alone.
He had no wish to start a fight.
I can understand her wish for secrecy.
His dearest wish (= what he wants most of all) is to see his grandchildren again.
a thing that you want to have or to happen
to carry out sb's wishes
I'm sure that you will get your wish.
She married against her parents' wishes .
an attempt to make sth happen by thinking hard about it, especially in stories when it often happens by magic
Throw some money in the fountain and make a wish .
The genie granted him three wishes.
The prince's wish came true .
used especially in a letter or card to say that you hope that sb will be happy, well or successful
We all send our best wishes for the future.
Give my good wishes to the family.
With best wishes (= for example, at the end of a letter)
wishing for sth does not make it happen
used to say that you are ready to do whatever sb asks you to do
we believe a thing because we want it to be true
After the verb wish in sense 1, a past tense is always used in a that clause.
Do you wish (that) you had a better job?
In more formal English, especially in NAmE , many people use were after I , he , she , it instead of was .
I wish he were here tonight.