- an elevated tract of open country.
- Often wolds. an open, hilly district, especially in England, as in Yorkshire or Lincolnshire.
Origin of wold1
- a past participle of will1.
- am (is, are, etc.) about or going to: I will be there tomorrow. She will see you at dinner.
- am (is, are, etc.) disposed or willing to: People will do right.
- am (is, are, etc.) expected or required to: You will report to the principal at once.
- may be expected or supposed to: You will not have forgotten him. This will be right.
- am (is, are, etc.) determined or sure to (used emphatically): You would do it. People will talk.
- am (is, are, etc.) accustomed to, or do usually or often: You will often see her sitting there. He would write for hours at a time.
- am (is, are, etc.) habitually disposed or inclined to: Boys will be boys. After dinner they would read aloud.
- am (is, are, etc.) capable of; can: This tree will live without water for three months.
- am (is, are, etc.) going to: I will bid you “Good night.”
- to wish; desire; like: Go where you will. Ask, if you will, who the owner is.
Origin of will1
- the faculty of conscious and especially of deliberate action; the power of control the mind has over its own actions: the freedom of the will.
- power of choosing one's own actions: to have a strong or a weak will.
- the act or process of using or asserting one's choice; volition: My hands are obedient to my will.
- wish or desire: to submit against one's will.
- purpose or determination, often hearty or stubborn determination; willfulness: to have the will to succeed.
- the wish or purpose as carried out, or to be carried out: to work one's will.
- disposition, whether good or ill, toward another.
- a legal declaration of a person's wishes as to the disposition of his or her property or estate after death, usually written and signed by the testator and attested by witnesses.
- the document containing such a declaration.
- to decide, bring about, or attempt to effect or bring about by an act of the will: He can walk if he wills it.
- to purpose, determine on, or elect, by an act of will: If he wills success, he can find it.
- to give or dispose of (property) by a will or testament; bequeath or devise.
- to influence by exerting control over someone's impulses and actions: She was willed to walk the tightrope by the hypnotist.
- to exercise the will: To will is not enough, one must do.
- to decide or determine: Others debate, but the king wills.
- at will,
- at one's discretion or pleasure; as one desires: to wander at will through the countryside.
- at one's disposal or command.
Origin of will2
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Examples from the Web for wold
“Other people tried it, and had amazing results,” Wold continues.
“We stress with everyone that they should discuss this with their doctor,” says Wold.
According to Wold, the National Institutes of Health has spent less than $2 million on studying cluster headaches in 25 years.
And so, Wold was “always on the look out for something better.”
Wold knows plenty of people like him, from policemen to lawyers, who would be happy to get their hands on such a pill.Is LSD Good for You?
August 19, 2009
And so to th' ende I wold be blameles, I lay the faute on theyr mysdiettynge.Shakespeare Jest-Books;
Long their love did last and hold Till he sought her in the wold.Aucassin and Nicolette
I exclaimed, "I had not the least idea in the wold that Jeanne had a guardian!"The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard
But no credite was geavin to any that wold say, "Thei mynd to land."
The grater says,” returned Clemency, “Do as you—wold—be—done by.The Battle of Life
- mainly literary a tract of open rolling country, esp upland
- another name for weld 2
- (esp with you, he, she, it, they, or a noun as subject) used as an auxiliary to make the future tenseCompare shall (def. 1)
- used as an auxiliary to express resolution on the part of the speakerI will buy that radio if it's the last thing I do
- used as an auxiliary to indicate willingness or desirewill you help me with this problem?
- used as an auxiliary to express compulsion, as in commandsyou will report your findings to me tomorrow
- used as an auxiliary to express capacity or abilitythis rope will support a load
- used as an auxiliary to express probability or expectation on the part of the speakerthat will be Jim telephoning
- used as an auxiliary to express customary practice or inevitabilityboys will be boys
- (with the infinitive always implied) used as an auxiliary to express desire: usually in polite requestsstay if you will
- what you will whatever you like
- will do informal a declaration of willingness to do what is requested
- the faculty of conscious and deliberate choice of action; volitionRelated adjectives: voluntary, volitive
- the act or an instance of asserting a choice
- the declaration of a person's wishes regarding the disposal of his or her property after deathRelated adjective: testamentary
- a revocable instrument by which such wishes are expressed
- anything decided upon or chosen, esp by a person in authority; desire; wish
- determined intentionwhere there's a will there's a way
- disposition or attitude towards othershe bears you no ill will
- at will at one's own desire, inclination, or choice
- with a will heartily; energetically
- with the best will in the world even with the best of intentions
- (also intr) to exercise the faculty of volition in an attempt to accomplish (something)he willed his wife's recovery from her illness
- to give (property) by will to a person, society, etche willed his art collection to the nation
- (also intr) to order or decreethe king wills that you shall die
- to choose or preferwander where you will
- to yearn for or desireto will that one's friends be happy
Word Origin and History for wold
Old English wald (Anglian), weald (West Saxon, Kentish) "forest, wooded upland," from Proto-Germanic *walthuz (cf. Old Saxon and Old Frisian wald, Middle Dutch wold, Dutch woud, Old High German wald, German Wald "forest," Swedish vall "pasture," Old Norse völlr "soil, field, meadow"); perhaps connected to wild. The sense development from "forested upland" to "rolling open country" (c.1200) perhaps is from Scandinavian influence, or a testimony to the historical deforestation of Britain. Not current since mid-16c.; survives mainly in place names (cf. Cotswold).
Old English *willan, wyllan "to wish, desire, want" (past tense wolde), from Proto-Germanic *welljan (cf. Old Saxon willian, Old Norse vilja, Old Frisian willa, Dutch willen, Old High German wellan, German wollen, Gothic wiljan "to will, wish, desire," Gothic waljan "to choose"). The Germanic words are from PIE *wel-/*wol- "be pleasing" (cf. Sanskrit vrnoti "chooses, prefers," varyah "to be chosen, eligible, excellent," varanam "choosing;" Avestan verenav- "to wish, will, choose;" Greek elpis "hope;" Latin volo, velle "to wish, will, desire;" Old Church Slavonic voljo, voliti "to will," veljo, veleti "to command;" Lithuanian velyti "to wish, favor," pa-vel-mi "I will," viliuos "I hope;" Welsh gwell "better").
Cf. also Old English wel "well," literally "according to one's wish;" wela "well-being, riches." The use as a future auxiliary was already developing in Old English. The implication of intention or volition distinguishes it from shall, which expresses or implies obligation or necessity. Contracted forms, especially after pronouns, began to appear 16c., as in sheele for "she will." The form with an apostrophe is from 17c.
Old English will, willa, from Proto-Germanic *weljon (cf. Old Saxon willio, Old Norse vili, Old Frisian willa, Dutch wil, Old High German willio, German wille, Gothic wilja "will"), related to *willan "to wish" (see will (v.)). The meaning "written document expressing a person's wishes about disposition of property after death" is first recorded late 14c.
Idioms and Phrases with wold
In addition to the idiom beginning with will