- 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 wills
I doubt Wills feels it is disgusting for pro-life activists to register voters at anti-abortion protests.
And she is the daughter of two proud, accomplished women who have succeeded in life by asserting our wills on the world.
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|Justin Jones|December 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Wills was loose, working the cameras with jokes about his new baby.
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|DAILY BEAST
How Abraham and Sarah contrived to hold fast so many thousand servants against their wills, we are left quite in the dark.The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus|American Anti-Slavery Society
When God gives us wills like iron we can drive through difficulties as the iron share cuts through the toughest soil.My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year|John Henry Jowett
Do not make your plans forgetting me, little mortals; I change your thoughts and wills.Sketches in Lavender, Blue and Green|Jerome K. Jerome
Sally came and went, with the Wills boy, and gave no heed to me.The Light in the Clearing|Irving Bacheller
There, would be no disturbance, no clashing of wills and of interests, but calm and silence and the time to love.The Call of the Blood|Robert Smythe Hichens
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