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Definition of the noun wishing

What does wishing mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: wishings

  1. a specific feeling of desire
    • example: he was above all wishing and desire
    • lexical domain: Feelings - nouns denoting feelings and emotions
    • synonyms of wishing: want / wish
    • more generic word: desire = the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
    • more specific word: velleity = a mere wish, unaccompanied by effort to obtain


  1. "Wishing" is the second solo album from actress-singer Martine McCutcheon released in 2000. It reached a chart position of number 25 in the UK.
    • genre: Pop music
    • released in (15 years ago)
  2. "Wishing" is a compilation album by new wave band A Flock of Seagulls, released in 1996.
    • genre: New Wave
    • released in (19 years ago)
  3. "Wishing" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  4. "Wishing" is a musical album of Vera Lynn.

Phrases with Wishing

  1. wishing cap
  2. wishing bone
  3. Wishing well
  4. well-wishing

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Wishing

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Google previewWisdom of Gabriel (2014)

by Lisa Hodgson

Wishing is the epitome of positive thinking and optimism. It is how We want you to live you lives. Wishing means knowing there is a time to come. This time to come is the future. Knowing this time to come means anything could happen yet you ...

Google previewEssays on Definition (2000)

by Juan C. Sager

' wishing is a conation after the good';,

in relation to an Idea: thus absolute desire is for the absolutely pleasant, and absolute wishing is the absolutely good; they ...

Google previewThe Experience of Being Called (2005)

Wishing is a specifically human phenomenon since animals cannot form images for themselves. Wishing is a very important source of motivation, ...

Google previewDelphi Complete Works of Aristotle (Illustrated) (2013)

by Aristotle

'wishing is a conation after the good';, ...

Google previewThe Psychology of Word Meanings (2013)

by Paula J. Schwanenflugel

One reason for the hypothesis that this definition will not differentiate from general wishing is that the notion of making wishes is a very salient one for youngsters, and the additional information in the definition is not strong enough to lead them ...

Google previewPastoral Care in Hospitals (2005)

by Neville A Kirkwood

Wishing is a passive emotion and not hope. Hope, they say, “is a goal-directed vision that enables one to live effectively in the present and move trustingly toward future possibilities.”5 Hope for a physical restoration that has become unrealistic ...

Google previewThrive (2013)

Live Like You Matter by Lisa Toney

Wishing is the stuff of songs and fairy tales. Achieving goals, however, takes work . Wishes involve chance; goals involve change. Every year you have a birthday. Sometimes it is a great excuse to have a party, bring out the cake loaded with ...

Google previewBut Facts Exist (1998)

An Enquiry Into Psychoanalytic Theorizing by Thomas Freeman

Wishing is a reaction to unpleasure—that is to say, a wish consists of the revival of the experience of a past satisfaction in circumstances of the build-up of unpleasure. The psychical fulfilment of a wish in dreams and psychoses is thus the ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of English Grammar (1994)

by Sylvia Chalker, Edmund Weiner

wishing The verbal expression of a wish. Wishing is sometimes singled out in grammatical description because the ...

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Small photo of Young redhead girl with yellow sweater with fingers crossing and wishing the best. Making a wish on grey backgroundSmall photo of Young redhead girl with yellow sweater with fingers crossing and wishing the best. Making a wish on grey backgroundSmall photo of Eastern Great Temple, Nara, Japan - 11 Aug 2017: People wrote their wishes on the wishing boards and hanging them in the temple.Small photo of Eastern Great Temple, Nara, Japan - 11 Aug 2017: People wrote their wishes on the wishing boards and hanging them in the temple.Small photo of Annie's Wishing Tree Cancer Prayers Tied Wishes Glenwood Springs Colorado Doc Holliday Grave TrailSmall photo of red cards with messages on the traditional Japanese wishing treeSmall photo of Kawaguchiko, Japan - May 14, 2018 : A photo of Wishing wood tags hanging on Japanese small shrine, Usagi Shrine (meaning rabbit temple). At the back of the wooden tag, worshipers can write down wishes More...

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Quotes about Wishing

I never gave away anything without wishing I had kept it; nor kept it without wishing I had given it away. (Louise Brooks)
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Scrabble value of W4I1S1H4I1N1G2

The value of this 7-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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