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American English: /wɪʃ/
British English: /wɪʃ/

Translation of wish in Spanish:


  • 1 (desire) to make a wish
    pedir un deseo
    her fairy godmother granted her wish
    su hada madrina le concedió el deseo
    her wish came true
    su deseo se hizo realidad
    se le cumplió el deseo
    he expressed a wish to be alone
    expresó su voluntad or deseo de estar solo
    his last or dying wish
    su última voluntad
    to go along with somebody's wishes
    hacer la voluntad de alguien
    to go against somebody's wishes
    ir en contra de la voluntad de alguien
    they got married against my wishes
    se casaron en contra de mi voluntad
    your wish is my command
    tus deseos son órdenes
    wish to + infinitiveI've no wish to upset you, but …
    no quisiera disgustarte, pero …
    I've no great wish to see the play
    no tengo muchas ganas de ver la obra
    if wishes were horses(, then beggars would ride)
    si con desear bastara …
    Example sentences
    • They knew his fears and best hopes, his wishes and his dying dreams.
    • We are a mixed bag of people, with different ideals, hopes, wishes and dreams.
    • She told me she was comfortable talking to him, and he supported her wish to continue getting her education.
  • 2
    also: wishes plural
    (greetings) she sends her best wishes
    manda muchos recuerdos or saludos
    with our best wishes for a speedy recovery
    deseándole una pronta mejoría
    give your mother my best wishes
    dale a tu madre muchos recuerdos de mi parte
    cariños a tu madre (Latin America)
    with my sincere good wishes for the future
    con mis mejores deseos para el futuro
    best wishes, Jack
    saludos or un abrazo de Jack

transitive verb

  • 1 (desire fervently) to wish something on somebody
    desearle algo a alguien
    I wouldn't wish that on anybody
    no se lo deseo a nadie
    I wouldn't wish it on or upon my worst enemy
    no se lo desearía ni a mi peor enemigo
    to wish (that)I wish I hadn't come
    ¡ojalá no hubiera venido!
    I wish I were rich/a bit taller
    ¡ojalá fuera rico/un poco más alto!
    she wished she hadn't told him
    lamentó habérselo dicho
    I wish you wouldn't say things like that
    me disgusta mucho que digas esas cosas
    I wish he would go away
    ¿por qué no se irá?
    I do wish you'd told me before!
    ¡me lo podrías haber dicho antes!
    I wish you didn't have to go
    es una lástima que tengas que irte
    ojalá pudieras quedarte
    John wishes you'd go and visit him
    John quisiera que fueras a verlo
    Example sentences
    • All parents, coaches and mentors are welcome to attend these sessions, which are most valuable for any parents wishing to become involved with the Club.
    • Also needed are locals wishing to get involved by decorating their home, shop, office or workplace along a 1940s theme for the festival weekend.
    • Some of the matters involved in States wishing to retain controls go beyond the simple issues of ministerial empires.
  • 2 (want) [formal]
    desear [formal]
    they wish to be alone
    quieren estar solos
    desean estar solos [formal]
    I wish to be informed as soon as possible
    deseo que se me informe tan pronto como sea posible [formal]
    should you wish to do so …
    si así lo deseara … [formal]
    to wish somebody/something to + infinitive
    desear que alguien/algo + subjunctive [formal]
    he wishes us to leave
    desea que nos vayamos [formal]
  • 3 (want for somebody) we wish you every happiness
    te deseamos lo mejor
    wish me luck!
    ¡deséame suerte!
    he called to wish me (a) happy birthday/(a) merry Christmas
    me llamó para desearme feliz cumpleaños/feliz Navidad
    I wish you well
    espero que te vaya bien
    to wish somebody good night
    darle las buenas noches a alguien
    I don't think he wishes you any harm or ill
    no creo que quiera que te pase nada malo
    Example sentences
    • Alan and Lisa are wished every success and happiness.
    • Both young people are wished every happiness and success in the years ahead.
    • She calls after us to wish us a Shabbat Shalom and while we bless her with health, happiness and success, she wishes us the same.

intransitive verb

  • 1 (make magic wish)
    pedir un deseo
  • 2 (want, desire) as you wish, sir
    como usted mande or diga, señor
    if you wish
    como quieras
    simply wishing won't make it go away
    con 'ojalá' no se arregla nada

Phrasal verbs

wish away

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
you can't just wish the problem away
no puedes hacer como el avestruz
to wish one's life away
desperdiciar la vida

wish for

verb + preposition + object
what more could one wish for?
¿qué más se puede pedir?
you couldn't wish for a better husband
es el marido ideal
what did you wish for?
¿tú qué pediste?
¿cuál fue tu deseo?
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