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[ wil ]

auxiliary verb

, imperative, infinitive, and present participle lacking.
past participle: (Obsolete) wold or wouldpast plural: wouldpresent plural: will2nd: would or (Archaic) wouldst3rd: wouldpresent singular 1st person: will2nd: will or (Archaic) wilt3rd: willpast singular 1st person: would
  1. am (is, are, etc.) about or going to:

    I will be there tomorrow. She will see you at dinner.

  2. am (is, are, etc.) disposed or willing to:

    People will do right.

  3. am (is, are, etc.) expected or required to:

    You will report to the principal at once.

  4. may be expected or supposed to:

    You will not have forgotten him. This will be right.

  5. am (is, are, etc.) determined or sure to (used emphatically):

    You would do it. People will talk.

  6. 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.

  7. am (is, are, etc.) habitually disposed or inclined to:

    Boys will be boys. After dinner they would read aloud.

  8. am (is, are, etc.) capable of; can:

    This tree will live without water for three months.

  9. am (is, are, etc.) going to:

    I will bid you “Good night.”

verb (used with or without object)

, imperative, infinitive, and present participle lacking.
2nd: would or (Archaic) wouldstpast participle: (Obsolete) wold or wouldpresent plural: will3rd: wouldpresent singular 1st person: willpast plural: wouldpast singular 1st person: would2nd: will or (Archaic) wilt3rd: will
  1. to wish; desire; like:

    Go where you will.

    Ask, if you will, who the owner is.



[ wil ]


  1. the faculty of conscious and deliberate action; the power of control the mind has over one's actions:

    The teacher has chosen by her own will to create a whole new curriculum.

  2. power in choosing one's own actions:

    A major factor in success is whether you have have a strong or a weak will.

  3. the act or process of using or asserting one's choice; volition:

    My hands are obedient to my will.

    Synonyms: choice

  4. wish or desire:

    We submit, but it's against our will.

    Synonyms: inclination, disposition, pleasure

  5. purpose or determination that is often hearty or stubborn; willfulness:

    The first step is to have the will to succeed.

    Synonyms: resolution

  6. the wish or purpose as carried out, or to be carried out:

    The queen will work her will.

  7. disposition, whether good or ill, toward another.
  8. Law.
    1. a legal declaration of a person's wishes as to the disposition of their property or estate after death, usually written and signed by the testator and attested by witnesses.
    2. the document containing a declaration of a person's wishes as to the disposition of their property.

verb (used with object)

, willed, will·ing.
  1. to decide, bring about, or attempt to effect or bring about by an act of the will:

    He can make it in this industry if he wills it.

    Synonyms: determine

  2. to purpose, determine on, or elect, by an act of the mind or consciousness:

    If he wills success, he can find it.

  3. to give or dispose of (property) by a legal declaration or testament; bequeath or devise.

    Synonyms: leave

  4. 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.
  1. to exercise the mind or conciousness:

    To will is not enough, one must do.

  2. to decide or determine:

    Others debate, but the king wills.



[ wil ]


  1. a male given name, form of William.



/ wɪl /


  1. See shall
    esp withyou, he, she, it, they, or a noun as subject used as an auxiliary to make the future tense Compare shall
  2. used as an auxiliary to express resolution on the part of the speaker

    I will buy that radio if it's the last thing I do

  3. used as an auxiliary to indicate willingness or desire

    will you help me with this problem?

  4. used as an auxiliary to express compulsion, as in commands

    you will report your findings to me tomorrow

  5. used as an auxiliary to express capacity or ability

    this rope will support a load

  6. used as an auxiliary to express probability or expectation on the part of the speaker

    that will be Jim telephoning

  7. used as an auxiliary to express customary practice or inevitability

    boys will be boys

  8. with the infinitive always implied used as an auxiliary to express desire: usually in polite requests

    stay if you will

  9. what you will
    what you will whatever you like
  10. will do informal.
    will do a declaration of willingness to do what is requested



/ wɪl /


  1. the faculty of conscious and deliberate choice of action; volition voluntaryvolitive
  2. the act or an instance of asserting a choice
    1. the declaration of a person's wishes regarding the disposal of his or her property after death testamentary
    2. a revocable instrument by which such wishes are expressed
  3. anything decided upon or chosen, esp by a person in authority; desire; wish
  4. determined intention

    where there's a will there's a way

  5. disposition or attitude towards others

    he bears you no ill will

  6. at will
    at will at one's own desire, inclination, or choice
  7. with a will
    with a will heartily; energetically
  8. with the best will in the world
    with the best will in the world even with the best of intentions


  1. also intr to exercise the faculty of volition in an attempt to accomplish (something)

    he willed his wife's recovery from her illness

  2. to give (property) by will to a person, society, etc

    he willed his art collection to the nation

  3. also intr to order or decree

    the king wills that you shall die

  4. to choose or prefer

    wander where you will

  5. to yearn for or desire

    to will that one's friends be happy

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Confusables Note

See shall.

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Derived Forms

  • ˈwiller, noun

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Other Words From

  • willer noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of will1

First recorded before 900; Middle English willen, Old English wyllan; cognate with Dutch willen, German wollen, Old Norse vilja, Gothic wiljan; akin to Latin velle “to wish”

Origin of will2

First recorded before 900; Middle English noun wil(le), Old English wil(l) “will, pleasure,” will(a) “faculty of willing, determination”; cognate with Dutch wil, German Wille, Old Norse vili, Gothic wilja; verb derivative of the noun; akin to will 1

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Word History and Origins

Origin of will1

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

Origin of will2

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

  1. 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.

More idioms and phrases containing will

In addition to the idiom beginning with will , 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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Synonym Study

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.

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Example Sentences

This episode was reported by Jennifer Strong and Will Douglas Heaven and produced by Anthony Green, Emma Cillekens and Karen Hao.

Elliott’s office has previously avoided weighing in but has acknowledged Will’s argument was on its radar.

His memoir, titled “Will,” is a grandiose and gripping self-mythology of surmounting fear through recklessness.

I collected Ali and Mac and drove our happy trio to a porch concert by Will Dickerson, Ana de Ferreira and Will’s dad.

“There really isn’t one thing” that caused all those different insect shapes to evolve, says Will.

And more I cannot explain/but you, from what I did not say/will infer what I do not say.

Behind that coming-of-age innocence and strong-will of Swift is an intense artistic decision.

Kerry tweeted August 20 that “ISIL must be destroyed/will be crushed.”

Oh does she deserve this nomination, and maybe even this award with her stellar aftermath-of-Will grief work.

When I get older losing my hair/Many years from now/Will you still be sending me a valentine/Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?

And with some expressions of mutual good-will and interest, master and man separated.

Sleek finds it far harder work than fortune-making; but he pursues his Will-o'-the-Wisp with untiring energy.

For this use of the voice in the special service of will-power, or propelling force, it is necessary first to test its freedom.

The Marshals were inclined to attribute their disgrace to the ill-will of Berthier and not to the temper of Napoleon.

Gilbert was one of those petted individuals who carry the good-will of others by storm.


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