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will

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[ wil ]
/ wɪl /
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auxiliary verb, present singular 1st person will,2nd will or (Archaic) wilt,3rd will,present plural will;past singular 1st person would,2nd would or (Archaic) wouldst,3rd would,past plural would;past participle (Obsolete) wold or would;imperative, infinitive, and present participle lacking.
verb (used with or without object), present singular 1st person will,2nd will or (Archaic) wilt,3rd will,present plural will;past singular 1st person would,2nd would or (Archaic) wouldst,3rd would,past plural would;past participle (Obsolete) wold or would;imperative, infinitive, and present participle lacking.
to wish; desire; like: Go where you will.Ask, if you will, who the owner is.
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Origin of will

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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”

words often confused with will

See shall.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH will

1. shall, will 2. will , would

Other definitions for will (2 of 3)

will2
[ 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.

Origin of will

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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 will1

synonym study for will

5. 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 will

willer, noun

Other definitions for will (3 of 3)

Will
[ wil ]
/ wɪl /

noun
a male given name, form of William.
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British Dictionary definitions for will (1 of 2)

will1
/ (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

undefined will

See shall

British Dictionary definitions for will (2 of 2)

will2
/ (wɪl) /

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

Derived forms of will

willer, 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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Other Idioms and Phrases with will

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