- Helen New·ing·ton [noo-ing-tuh n, nyoo-] /ˈnu ɪŋ tən, ˈnyu-/, 1906–98, U.S. tennis player.
- the faculty of conscious and especially of deliberate action; the power of control the mind has over its own actions: the freedom of the will.
- power of choosing one's own actions: to have a strong or a weak will.
- the act or process of using or asserting one's choice; volition: My hands are obedient to my will.
- wish or desire: to submit against one's will.
- purpose or determination, often hearty or stubborn determination; willfulness: to have the will to succeed.
- the wish or purpose as carried out, or to be carried out: to work one's will.
- disposition, whether good or ill, toward another.
- 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.
- to decide, bring about, or attempt to effect or bring about by an act of the will: He can walk if he wills it.
- to purpose, determine on, or elect, by an act of will: If he wills success, he can find it.
- to give or dispose of (property) by a will or testament; bequeath or devise.
- to influence by exerting control over someone's impulses and actions: She was willed to walk the tightrope by the hypnotist.
- to exercise the will: To will is not enough, one must do.
- to decide or determine: Others debate, but the king wills.
- at will,
- at one's discretion or pleasure; as one desires: to wander at will through the countryside.
- at one's disposal or command.
Origin of will2
Synonyms for will
- a male given name, form of William.
Related Words for willsdesire, discipline, resolve, power, wish, decision, mind, intention, attitude, determination, passion, feeling, resolution, inclination, character, insistence, fancy, yearning, design, liking
Examples from the Web for wills
Contemporary Examples of wills
I doubt Wills feels it is disgusting for pro-life activists to register voters at anti-abortion protests.Angry About Ferguson? Oppose Voter ID Laws
August 26, 2014
And she is the daughter of two proud, accomplished women who have succeeded in life by asserting our wills on the world.My Daughter Is Bossy—But Don’t Call Her That
March 12, 2014
The Wills (Sears) Tower in Chicago added all glass balconies to the Skydeck during its 2009 renovations.A New Installation in the French Alps Allows Visitors to Walk Off the Highest Mountain Peak
December 21, 2013
Wills was loose, working the cameras with jokes about his new baby.Kate Middleton Looked Goddam Fabulous Today
July 23, 2013
If Wills has any say in the matter, their boy will have his very own Smokey, too.How Different Is Raising the Royal Baby From a Typical American Child?
Kevin Fallon, Lizzie Crocker
July 23, 2013
Historical Examples of wills
But as to doing what he wills with a word—see what it cost him to redeem the world!Weighed and Wanting
Wills and other private deeds may of course be executed by phonograph.Heroes of the Telegraph
John stood between two wills, his own and that of those who had sent him.Tiverton Tales
And I wait, submissive to His will, for nothing happens unless He wills it.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
All beings are wills which possess organs conformed to their purpose.Initiation into Philosophy
- Helen Newington, married name Helen Wills Moody Roark. 1905–98, US tennis player. She was Wimbledon singles champion eight times between 1927 and 1938. She also won the US title seven times and the French title four times
- William John. 1834–61, English explorer: Robert Burke's deputy in an expedition on which both men died after crossing Australia from north to south for the first time
- (esp with you, he, she, it, they, or a noun as subject) used as an auxiliary to make the future tenseCompare shall (def. 1)
- used as an auxiliary to express resolution on the part of the speakerI will buy that radio if it's the last thing I do
- used as an auxiliary to indicate willingness or desirewill you help me with this problem?
- used as an auxiliary to express compulsion, as in commandsyou will report your findings to me tomorrow
- used as an auxiliary to express capacity or abilitythis rope will support a load
- used as an auxiliary to express probability or expectation on the part of the speakerthat will be Jim telephoning
- used as an auxiliary to express customary practice or inevitabilityboys will be boys
- (with the infinitive always implied) used as an auxiliary to express desire: usually in polite requestsstay if you will
- what you will whatever you like
- will do informal a declaration of willingness to do what is requested
Word Origin for will
- the faculty of conscious and deliberate choice of action; volitionRelated adjectives: voluntary, volitive
- the act or an instance of asserting a choice
- 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
- anything decided upon or chosen, esp by a person in authority; desire; wish
- determined intentionwhere there's a will there's a way
- disposition or attitude towards othershe bears you no ill will
- at will at one's own desire, inclination, or choice
- with a will heartily; energetically
- with the best will in the world even with the best of intentions
- (also intr) to exercise the faculty of volition in an attempt to accomplish (something)he willed his wife's recovery from her illness
- to give (property) by will to a person, society, etche willed his art collection to the nation
- (also intr) to order or decreethe king wills that you shall die
- to choose or preferwander where you will
- to yearn for or desireto will that one's friends be happy
Word Origin for will
Word Origin and History for wills
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.
Idioms and Phrases with wills
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