- disposed or consenting; inclined: willing to go along.
- cheerfully consenting or ready: a willing worker.
- done, given, borne, used, etc., with cheerful readiness.
Origin of willing
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Examples from the Web for willingly
The letter attacks Braley for having “willingly voted for extreme measures that threaten the lives of unborn children.”Pro-Life Group Sends Over The Top Mailer
October 31, 2014
Of course, this was greeted with a round of applause and whoops from her room of willingly incarcerated followers.Why We Should Hate 'Haters Gonna Hate'
August 25, 2014
We willingly give our health care providers a wealth of data about ourselves.The App-Based Health Care of the Future
June 13, 2014
McCaskill told me the victim had willingly gone home from a bar with the defendant—but then things took a dark turn.The Sexual Assault Case That Haunts Claire McCaskill
May 24, 2014
Back then she was “forced,” but soon she started to hustle on corners “willingly,” and was paid for sex.Liberia’s Child Prostitutes
May 19, 2014
To avoid that, if there were no other way, I would most willingly be buried alive.
How willingly would my dear mother shew kindness to me, were she permitted!
I did so most willingly, as we had already got further to the eastward than I wished.
You feel sleepy after your meals, and willingly enjoy a nap?The Imaginary Invalid
How willingly he would have hastened back and replaced the money if he but had it.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
- favourably disposed or inclined; ready
- cheerfully or eagerly compliant
- done, given, accepted, etc, freely or voluntarily
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Word Origin and History for willingly
Old English willendliche; see will (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Idioms and Phrases with willingly
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