Synonyms of wish
1 desireDictionary • Clearly she had no wish for his company.
desire • I had a strong desire to help and care for people.
liking • She had a liking for good clothes.
longing • He felt a longing for the familiar.
hope • Kevin hasn't given up hope of being fit.
urge • He had an urge to open a shop of his own.
fancy (informal) • His interest was just a passing fancy.
ambition • His ambition is to sail round the world.
yen (informal) • Mike had a yen to try cycling.
hunger • He has a hunger for success that seems bottomless.
aspiration • the needs and aspirations of our pupils
craving • He had a sudden craving for a glass of brandy.
lust • It was his lust for glitz and glamour that was driving them apart.
yearning • He spoke of his yearning for another child.
inclination • He set out to follow his artistic inclinations.
itch (informal) • an insatiable itch to switch from channel to channel
thirst • their ever-growing thirst for cash
hankering • Have you always had a hankering to be an actress?
2 requestDictionary • The decision was made against the wishes of the party leader.
request • A few extra spaces have been made available by special request.
will • He has submitted himself to the will of God.
want • The company needs to respond to the wants of our customers.
order • They were arrested and executed on the orders of Stalin.
demand • He grew ever more fierce in his demands.
command • The tanker failed to respond to a command to stop.
bidding • the bidding of his backbenchers
1 wantDictionary • We can dress as we wish nowadays.
want • Do you want another cup of coffee?
choose • You can just take out the interest every year, if you choose.
please • Women should be able to dress as they please.
desire • He was bored and desired change in his life.
2 requireDictionary • I will do as you wish.
require • She was required to take to the stage.
ask • She asked me back to her house.
order • Williams ordered him to leave.
direct • They have been directed to give special attention to poverty.
bid • I dare say he did as he was bidden.
desire (formal) • His Majesty desires me to make his wishes known to you.
command • He commanded his troops to attack.
instruct • They have instructed solicitors to sue for compensation.
PHRASE:▷ wish for
PROVERBS:The wish is father to the thought
If wishes were horses, beggars would ride
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ambitionIf you have an ambition to do or achieve something, you want very much to do it or achieve it.
• His ambition is to sail round the world.
Holy Grail (informal)
Holy Grail (informal)
askIf you ask someone to an event or place, you invite them to go there.
• She asked me back to her house.
aspirationSomeone's aspirations are their desire to achieve things.
• the needs and aspirations of our pupils
Thesaurus for wish from the Collins English Thesaurus
to want or desire (something, often that which cannot be or is not the case)
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