wish for

phrasal verb [transitive]
Word forms "wish for":
present tense I/you/we/they wish for he/she/it wishes for present participle wishing for past tense wished for past participle wished for
1) wish for something
formal to want something

They do not wish for pity.

What more could anyone wish for?

2) wish for something to hope that something that you want will happen by magic or by the power of your thoughts

We know what she'll be wishing for on her birthday.

3) be careful what you wish for (it might just happen) used for telling someone to think carefully about the changes that they would like in their life, as they might not make them any happier
4) couldn't wish for more/better etc used for saying that someone or something is the best

You couldn't wish for a better friend.

He could not have wished for a more pleasant holiday.


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