wish for (someone or something)

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wish for (someone or something)

To have or express a desire to obtain, achieve, or meet someone or something. Ever since he was a young boy, he's been wishing for the love of his life to show up. I wished for a new bicycle when I blew out the birthday candles, but I just got a new dollhouse instead. Most people wish for fame and fortune without being willing to put in the work typically needed to earn them.
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wish for someone or something

to wish to have someone or something. She spent most of her life wishing for Prince Charming, who would come along and sweep her off her feet. She still wishes for escape.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

wish for

1. To express a desire for something or someone: The child tossed a penny in the well and wished for a new bicycle.
2. To have or feel a desire for something or someone: For weeks I've been wishing for a big snowstorm so I could go skiing.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Mary Ann Rothman, executive director of the Council of New York Cooperatives, said "I am wishing for a property tax system that treats all taxpayers fairly and a year when apartment sales pick up when lenders understand that co-ops and condominiums are excellent and very sound investments."