will

1
[ wil ]
/ wɪl /

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.

Origin of will

1
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 THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH will

can may shall will (see usage note at can1) (see usage note at shall)

usage note for will

See shall.

Definition for will (2 of 4)

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

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.
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.

OTHER WORDS FROM will

will·er, noun

Definition for will (3 of 4)

Will
[ wil ]
/ wɪl /

noun

a male given name, form of William.

Definition for will (4 of 4)

Irwin
[ ur-win ]
/ ˈɜr wɪn /

noun

Wallace,1875–1959, U.S. journalist and humorist.
his brotherWilliam HenryWill, 1873–1948, U.S. novelist, short-story writer, and journalist.
a male given name.
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British Dictionary definitions for will (1 of 3)

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 3)

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

British Dictionary definitions for will (3 of 3)

Irwin
/ (ˈɛːwɪn) /

noun

Steve, full name Stephen Robert Irwin, known as 'The Crocodile Hunter'. 1962–2006, Australian zoologist, environmentalist and maker of television wildlife documentaries; died following wounding by a stingray
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Idioms and Phrases with will

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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