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  1. disposed or consenting; inclined: willing to go along.
  2. cheerfully consenting or ready: a willing worker.
  3. done, given, borne, used, etc., with cheerful readiness.
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Origin of willing

1250–1300; Middle English. See will2, -ing2
Related formswill·ing·ly, adverbwill·ing·ness, nouno·ver·will·ing, adjectiveo·ver·will·ing·ly, adverbo·ver·will·ing·ness, nounpre·will·ing, adjectivepre·will·ing·ly, adverbpre·will·ing·ness, nounqua·si-will·ing, adjectivequa·si-will·ing·ly, adverb

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1. minded.
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Related Words for willingly

freely, voluntarily, cheerfully, readily, absolutely, unquestionably

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British Dictionary definitions for willingly


  1. favourably disposed or inclined; ready
  2. cheerfully or eagerly compliant
  3. done, given, accepted, etc, freely or voluntarily
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Derived Formswillingly, adverbwillingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for willingly



Old English willendliche; see will (v.).

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Idioms and Phrases with willingly


see ready, willing, and able; spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

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