Wills

[ wilz ]
/ wɪlz /
|

noun

Helen New·ing·ton [noo-ing-tuh n, nyoo-] /ˈnu ɪŋ tən, ˈnyu-/, 1906–98, U.S. tennis player.

Definition for wills (2 of 3)

will

2
[ wil ]
/ wɪl /

noun


verb (used with object), willed, will·ing.

verb (used without object), willed, will·ing.

to exercise the will: To will is not enough, one must do.
to decide or determine: Others debate, but the king wills.

Origin of will

2
before 900; (noun) Middle English will(e), Old English will(a); cognate with Dutch wil, German Wille, Old Norse vili, Gothic wilja; (v.) Middle English willen, Old English willian to wish, desire, derivative of the noun; akin to will1

SYNONYMS FOR will

3 choice.
5 resolution, decision. Will, volition refer to conscious choice as to action or thought. Will denotes fixed and persistent intent or purpose: Where there's a will there's a way. Volition is the power of forming an intention or the incentive for using the will: to exercise one's volition in making a decision.
9 determine.
11 leave.

Related forms

will·er, noun

Definition for wills (3 of 3)

Will

[ wil ]
/ wɪl /

noun

a male given name, form of William.

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British Dictionary definitions for wills (1 of 3)

Wills

/ (wɪlz) /

noun

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

British Dictionary definitions for wills (2 of 3)

will

1
/ (wɪl) /

verb past would (takes an infinitive without to or an implied infinitive)


Word Origin for will

Old English willan; related to Old Saxon willian, Old Norse vilja, Old High German wollen, Latin velle to wish, will

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See shall

British Dictionary definitions for wills (3 of 3)

will

2
/ (wɪl) /

noun


verb (mainly tr; often takes a clause as object or an infinitive)

Derived Forms

willer, noun

Word Origin for will

Old English willa; related to Old Norse vili, Old High German willeo (German Wille), Gothic wilja, Old Slavonic volja
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Idioms and Phrases with wills

will

In addition to the idiom beginning with will

  • will not hear of

also see:

  • 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

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