Origin of willed
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.
Origin of will1
- 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
Synonyms for will
Examples from the Web for willed
Contemporary Examples of willed
There is the Providence Place Mall, which Cianci willed into existence at the moment when retail shops were fleeing the downtown.Can America’s Favorite Ex-Con Mayor Win Again?
June 22, 2014
You have to be living a life of willed ignorance and denial to take issue with what Israel said.You’re in Denial if You Think Steve Israel Is Wrong About GOP Racism
April 14, 2014
But I got the script, read it, and we both felt like it should happen now, so we willed it to happen.Aubrey Plaza on Playing A Zombie in ‘Life After Beth,’ the ‘Daria’ Movie, and More
January 21, 2014
In fact, the surprise is not that she died so young, but that she willed herself to stay alive so long.New Questions Arise About Mary Richardson Kennedy’s Suicide
May 16, 2013
Part of the explanation for this dismal record of non-rescue is our capacity for willed blindness.In Syria, Europe & Boston, the Past Is Never Finished
May 11, 2013
Historical Examples of willed
I had counted on my brother's love, but God has willed that it should be otherwise.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
He willed that all his bishops should set their hands to this decree.The Formation of Christendom, Volume VI
Thomas W. (Thomas William) Allies
The tall German said never a word, but allowed the boys to do as they willed with him.The Boy Scouts on Belgian Battlefields
Lieut. Howard Payson
There was not a corner of it that was not theirs to use as they willed.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
When they left Lafouasse, she was once more completely his; he could do what he willed with her.Doctor Pascal
verb past would (takes an infinitive without to or an implied infinitive)
Word Origin for will
- 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)
Word Origin for will
Old English *willan, wyllan "to wish, desire, want" (past tense wolde), from Proto-Germanic *welljan (cf. Old Saxon willian, Old Norse vilja, Old Frisian willa, Dutch willen, Old High German wellan, German wollen, Gothic wiljan "to will, wish, desire," Gothic waljan "to choose"). The Germanic words are from PIE *wel-/*wol- "be pleasing" (cf. Sanskrit vrnoti "chooses, prefers," varyah "to be chosen, eligible, excellent," varanam "choosing;" Avestan verenav- "to wish, will, choose;" Greek elpis "hope;" Latin volo, velle "to wish, will, desire;" Old Church Slavonic voljo, voliti "to will," veljo, veleti "to command;" Lithuanian velyti "to wish, favor," pa-vel-mi "I will," viliuos "I hope;" Welsh gwell "better").
Cf. also Old English wel "well," literally "according to one's wish;" wela "well-being, riches." The use as a future auxiliary was already developing in Old English. The implication of intention or volition distinguishes it from shall, which expresses or implies obligation or necessity. Contracted forms, especially after pronouns, began to appear 16c., as in sheele for "she will." The form with an apostrophe is from 17c.
Old English will, willa, from Proto-Germanic *weljon (cf. Old Saxon willio, Old Norse vili, Old Frisian willa, Dutch wil, Old High German willio, German wille, Gothic wilja "will"), related to *willan "to wish" (see will (v.)). The meaning "written document expressing a person's wishes about disposition of property after death" is first recorded late 14c.
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