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.
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Origin of will1
words often confused with will
Words nearby will
Definition for will (2 of 3)
- 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.
verb (used without object), willed, will·ing.
Origin of will2
synonym study for will
OTHER WORDS FROM willwiller, noun
Definition for will (3 of 3)
Example sentences from the Web for will
His memoir, titled “Will,” is a grandiose and gripping self-mythology of surmounting fear through recklessness.Little Liddys everywhere: The legacy of a political ‘super-klutz’|Dan Zak|March 31, 2021|Washington Post
I collected Ali and Mac and drove our happy trio to a porch concert by Will Dickerson, Ana de Ferreira and Will’s dad.Was a three-week trip to New Orleans for work or vacation? Both.|Andrea Sachs|February 19, 2021|Washington Post
“There really isn’t one thing” that caused all those different insect shapes to evolve, says Will.Explainer: Insects, arachnids and other arthropods|Curtis Segarra|January 19, 2021|Science News For Students
And more I cannot explain/but you, from what I did not say/will infer what I do not say.Sor Juana: Mexico’s Most Erotic Poet and Its Most Dangerous Nun|Katie Baker|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Behind that coming-of-age innocence and strong-will of Swift is an intense artistic decision.Taylor Swift Dumps Spotify, Igniting Turf War Between Spotify and Apple|Dale Eisinger|November 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Kerry tweeted August 20 that “ISIL must be destroyed/will be crushed.”After Steven Sotloff Murder, Congress Demands a Vote on Obama’s ISIS War|Josh Rogin|September 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Oh does she deserve this nomination, and maybe even this award with her stellar aftermath-of-Will grief work.What's TV's Best Drama? 'True Detective,' 'Game of Thrones,' and Our Emmy Predictions|Kevin Fallon|August 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When I get older losing my hair/Many years from now/Will you still be sending me a valentine/Birthday greetings, bottle of wine?Bruce Springsteen’s Bond Moment: The Boss’ Body Beautiful at 64|Tim Teeman|July 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And with some expressions of mutual good-will and interest, master and man separated.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens
Sleek finds it far harder work than fortune-making; but he pursues his Will-o'-the-Wisp with untiring energy.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills
For this use of the voice in the special service of will-power, or propelling force, it is necessary first to test its freedom.Expressive Voice Culture|Jessie Eldridge Southwick
The Marshals were inclined to attribute their disgrace to the ill-will of Berthier and not to the temper of Napoleon.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
Gilbert was one of those petted individuals who carry the good-will of others by storm.The World Before Them|Susanna Moodie
British Dictionary definitions for will (1 of 2)
verb past would (takes an infinitive without to or an implied infinitive)
Word Origin for will
British Dictionary definitions for will (2 of 2)
- 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
verb (mainly tr; often takes a clause as object or an infinitive)
Derived forms of willwiller, noun
Word Origin for will
Idioms and Phrases with will
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