will

2
[ wil ]
/ wɪl /

noun

verb (used with object), willed, will·ing.

verb (used without object), willed, will·ing.

to exercise the will: To will is not enough, one must do.
to decide or determine: Others debate, but the king wills.

Nearby words

  1. wilkins, roy,
  2. wilkins, sir george hubert,
  3. wilkinsburg,
  4. wilkinson,
  5. wilkinson, james,
  6. will contest,
  7. will not hear of,
  8. will to power,
  9. will-call,
  10. will-less

Idioms

    at will,
    1. at one's discretion or pleasure; as one desires: to wander at will through the countryside.
    2. at one's disposal or command.

Origin of will

2
before 900; (noun) Middle English will(e), Old English will(a); cognate with Dutch wil, German Wille, Old Norse vili, Gothic wilja; (v.) Middle English willen, Old English willian to wish, desire, derivative of the noun; akin to will1

SYNONYMS FOR will
3. choice. 4. pleasure, disposition, inclination. 5. resolution, decision. Will, volition refer to conscious choice as to action or thought. Will denotes fixed and persistent intent or purpose: Where there's a will there's a way. Volition is the power of forming an intention or the incentive for using the will: to exercise one's volition in making a decision. 9. determine. 11. leave.

Related formswill·er, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for at will

will

1
/ (wɪl) /

verb past would (takes an infinitive without to or an implied infinitive)

Word Origin for will

Old English willan; related to Old Saxon willian, Old Norse vilja, Old High German wollen, Latin velle to wish, will

xref

See shall

will

2
/ (wɪl) /

noun

verb (mainly tr; often takes a clause as object or an infinitive)

Derived Formswiller, noun

Word Origin for will

Old English willa; related to Old Norse vili, Old High German willeo (German Wille), Gothic wilja, Old Slavonic volja

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Word Origin and History for at will
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Idioms and Phrases with at will

at will

Freely, as one pleases, as in The grounds are open to the public and one can wander about at will, or With this thermostat you can adjust the room temperature at will. [1300s]

will

In addition to the idiom beginning with will

  • will not hear of

also see:

  • against one's will
  • at will
  • boys will be boys
  • heads (will) roll
  • murder will out
  • of one's own accord (free will)
  • shit will hit the fan
  • that will do
  • time will tell
  • truth will out
  • when the cat's away, mice will play
  • where there's a will
  • with a will
  • with the best will in the world
  • wonders will never cease
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