[ wil ]
/ wɪl /
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.
verb (used with object), willed, will·ing.
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.
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.
Words nearby will
Idioms for 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
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
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.
OTHER WORDS FROM willwill·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for at will (1 of 2)
/ (wɪl) /
verb past would (takes an infinitive without to or an implied infinitive)
(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
Word Origin for will
Old English willan; related to Old Saxon willian, Old Norse vilja, Old High German wollen, Latin velle to wish, will
British Dictionary definitions for at will (2 of 2)
/ (wɪl) /
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
verb (mainly tr; often takes a clause as object or an infinitive)
(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
Derived forms of willwiller, 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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Idioms and Phrases with at will (1 of 2)
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]
Idioms and Phrases with at will (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with will
- will not hear of
- 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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