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Wish vs. Hope

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Wishnoun

A desire, hope, or longing for something or for something to happen.

Hopenoun

The belief or expectation that something wished for can or will happen.

‘I still have some hope that I can get to work on time.’; ‘After losing my job, there's no hope of being able to afford my world cruise.’; ‘There is still hope that we can find our missing cat.’;

Wishnoun

An expression of such a desire, often connected with ideas of magic and supernatural power.

Hopenoun

(countable) The actual thing wished for.

Wishnoun

The thing desired or longed for.

‘My dearest wish is to see them happily married.’;

Hopenoun

(countable) A person or thing that is a source of hope.

‘We still have one hope left: my roommate might see the note I left on the table.’;

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Wishnoun

(Sussex) A water meadow.

Hopenoun

The virtuous desire for future good.

Wishverb

(transitive) To desire; to want.

‘I'll come tomorrow, if you wish it.’;

Hopenoun

A hollow; a valley, especially the upper end of a narrow mountain valley when it is nearly encircled by smooth, green slopes; a comb.

Wishverb

To hope (for a particular outcome).

Hopenoun

A sloping plain between mountain ridges.

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Wishverb

(ditransitive) To bestow (a thought or gesture) towards (someone or something).

‘We wish you a Merry Christmas.’;

Hopenoun

(Scotland) A small bay; an inlet; a haven.

Wishverb

To request or desire to do an activity.

Hopeverb

To want something to happen, with a sense of expectation that it might.

‘I hope everyone enjoyed the meal.’; ‘I am still hoping that all will turn out well.’;

Wishverb

(transitive) To recommend; to seek confidence or favour on behalf of.

Hopeverb

To be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes.

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Wishverb

To have a desire or yearning; to long; to hanker.

‘They cast four anchors out of the stern, and wished for the day.’; ‘This is as good an argument as an antiquary could wish for.’;

Hopeverb

(intransitive) To place confidence; to trust with confident expectation of good; usually followed by in.

Wishverb

To desire; to long for; to hanker after; to have a mind or disposition toward.

‘I would not wishAny companion in the world but you.’; ‘I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper.’;

Hopeverb

To wish.

Wishverb

To frame or express desires concerning; to invoke in favor of, or against, any one; to attribute, or cal down, in desire; to invoke; to imprecate.

‘I would not wish them to a fairer death.’; ‘I wish it may not prove some ominous foretoken of misfortune to have met with such a miser as I am.’; ‘Let them be driven backward, and put to shame, that wish me evil.’;

Hopenoun

A sloping plain between mountain ridges.

Wishverb

To recommend; to seek confidence or favor in behalf of.

‘I would be glad to thrive, sir,And I was wished to your worship by a gentleman.’;

Hopenoun

A small bay; an inlet; a haven.

Wishnoun

Desire; eager desire; longing.

‘Behold, I am according to thy wish in God a stead.’;

Hopenoun

A desire of some good, accompanied with an expectation of obtaining it, or a belief that it is obtainable; an expectation of something which is thought to be desirable; confidence; pleasing expectancy.

‘The hypocrite's hope shall perish.’; ‘He wished, but not with hope.’; ‘New thoughts of God, new hopes of Heaven.’;

Wishnoun

Expression of desire; request; petition; hence, invocation or imprecation.

‘Blistered be thy tongue for such a wish.’;

Hopenoun

One who, or that which, gives hope, furnishes ground of expectation, or promises desired good.

‘The Lord will be the hope of his people.’; ‘A young gentleman of great hopes, whose love of learning was highly commendable.’;

Wishnoun

A thing desired; an object of desire.

‘Will he, wise, let loose at once his ire . . . To give his enemies their wish!’;

Hopenoun

That which is hoped for; an object of hope.

‘Lavina is thine elder brother's hope.’;

Wishnoun

a specific feeling of desire;

‘he got his wish’; ‘he was above all wishing and desire’;

Hopeverb

To entertain or indulge hope; to cherish a desire of good, or of something welcome, with expectation of obtaining it or belief that it is obtainable; to expect; - usually followed by for.

‘But I will hope continually.’;

Wishnoun

an expression of some desire or inclination;

‘I could tell that it was his wish that the guests leave’; ‘his crying was an indirect request for attention’;

Hopeverb

To place confidence; to trust with confident expectation of good; - usually followed by in.

‘Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God.’;

Wishnoun

(usually plural) a polite expression of desire for someone's welfare;

‘give him my kind regards’; ‘my best wishes’;

Hopeverb

To desire with expectation or with belief in the possibility or prospect of obtaining; to look forward to as a thing desirable, with the expectation of obtaining it; to cherish hopes of.

‘We hope no other from your majesty.’; ‘[Charity] hopeth all things.’;

Wishnoun

the particular preference that you have;

‘it was his last wish’; ‘they should respect the wishes of the people’;

Hopeverb

To expect; to fear.

Wishverb

hope for; have a wish;

‘I wish I could go home now’;

Hopenoun

a specific instance of feeling hopeful;

‘it revived their hope of winning the pennant’;

Wishverb

prefer or wish to do something;

‘Do you care to try this dish?’; ‘Would you like to come along to the movies?’;

Hopenoun

the general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled;

‘in spite of his troubles he never gave up hope’;

Wishverb

have in mind;

‘I will take the exam tomorrow’;

Hopenoun

grounds for feeling hopeful about the future;

‘there is little or no promise that he will recover’;

Wishverb

make or express a wish;

‘I wish that Christmas were over’;

Hopenoun

someone (or something) on which expectations are centered;

‘he was their best hope for a victory’;

Wishverb

feel or express a desire or hope concerning the future or fortune of

Hopenoun

United States comedian (born in England) who appeared in films with Bing Crosby (born in 1903)

Wishverb

order politely; express a wish for

Hopenoun

one of the three Christian virtues

Wishverb

invoke upon;

‘wish you a nice evening’; ‘bid farewell’;

Hopeverb

expect and wish;

‘I trust you will behave better from now on’; ‘I hope she understands that she cannot expect a raise’;

Wishverb

feel or express a strong desire or hope for something that cannot or probably will not happen

‘he wished that he had practised the routines’; ‘we wished for peace’;

Hopeverb

be optimistic; be full of hope; have hopes;

‘I am still hoping that all will turn out well’;

Wishverb

express a hope that (someone) enjoys (happiness or success)

‘they wish her every success’;

Hopeverb

intend with some possibility of fulfilment;

‘I hope to have finished this work by tomorrow evening’;

Wishverb

want to do something

‘they wish to become involved’;

Hope

Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one's life or the world at large. As a verb, its definitions include: and Among its opposites are dejection, hopelessness, and despair.

‘expect with confidence’; ‘to cherish a desire with anticipation.’;

Wishverb

want (something) to be done or happen

‘I wish it to be clearly understood’;

Wishverb

want (someone) to do or have something

‘Anne wishes me to visit her’;

Wishverb

hope that (someone) has to deal with someone or something undesirable

‘he wouldn't wish Arthur on anyone’;

Wishnoun

a desire or hope for something to happen

‘the union has reiterated its wish for an agreement’; ‘her wish to be a mother’;

Wishnoun

an expression of a desire, typically in the form of a request or instruction

‘she must carry out her late father's wishes’;

Wishnoun

an invocation or recitation of a hope or desire

‘he makes a wish’;

Wishnoun

an expression of a hope for someone's success, happiness, or welfare

‘the Queen had sent her best wishes for a speedy recovery’;

Wishnoun

a thing that is or has been wished for

‘the petitioners eventually got their wish’;

Wish

A wish is a hope or desire for something. In fiction, wishes can be used as plot devices.

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