wish-v; 3 Senses

Sense Number 1: express a desire for something uncertain

NOTE: has the strong feeling that the desired item or situation is unlikely or uncertain Syntax is: NP1 WISH NP2 would/could V NP1 WISH (for) NP2

I wish I'd never met him.
Fox News host Bill O'Reilly publicly wished that Hurricane Katrina had flooded the United Nations building.
I wish you had been there.
She wished she could say the same for herself.
She wished she could turn the clock back three weeks, at least.
He wished he would be gone and take his evil-eyed companion away with him.
Tom never told anyone what he wished for.
Be careful what you wish for!
Mostly everyone wished for no more wars, more peace, an end to violence, no pollution, etc.

VerbNet: long-32.2-1
FrameNet: Desiring
PropBank: wish.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: formal or literary term for 'want'

NOTE: a somewhat formal usage WANT can subsstitute WISH (but not WISH FOR) Syntax is: NP1 WISH TO V2 (infinitival)

Do you wish to tell me something?
I wish you to leave now.
Do you wish milk with your lunch today?
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately.
I wished to write a story to share my experiences.

VerbNet: wish-62,long-32.2-1
FrameNet: Desiring
PropBank: wish.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2, 4, 5

Sense Number 3: bid, invoke upon

You can say I wished him good morning and good evening.
I walked away and managed to form a smile through my sadness as I wished her goodbye.
Before you could even say something in response she would have wished you a nice evening and have hung up.
I wish you well and so I take my leave.
I wish you joy in all your days.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: NM
PropBank: wish.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 3, 6
WordNet Verb Particle Constructions, Multiword Expressions:
wish_well 1