Definitions for willwɪl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

will*wɪl(auxiliary v. and v.; pres.)will

  1. (auxiliary verb.)am (is, are, etc.) about or going to:

    I will be there tomorrow. She will see you at dinner.

    Category: Function Word

  2. am (is, are, etc.) disposed or willing to:

    People will do right.

    Category: Function Word

  3. am (is, are, etc.) expected or required to:

    You will report to the principal at once.

    Category: Function Word

  4. may be expected or supposed to:

    You will not have forgotten him.

    Category: Function Word

  5. am (is, are, etc.) determined or sure to (used emphatically):

    People will talk.

    Category: Function Word

  6. am (is, are, etc.) accustomed to, or do usually or often:

    She would write for hours at a time.

    Category: Function Word

  7. am (is, are, etc.) habitually disposed or inclined to:

    Tyrants will be tyrants.

    Category: Function Word

  8. am (is, are, etc.) capable of; can:

    This tree will live without water for three months.

    Category: Function Word

  9. (v.i.)to wish; desire; like:

    Take what you will. Ask, if you will, who the owner is.

* Usage: See shall.

Origin of will:

bef. 900; ME; OE wyllan, c. OS willian, ON vilja, Go wiljan; akin to L velle to wish


  1. the faculty of conscious and particularly of deliberate action:

    the freedom of the will.

  2. power of choosing one's own actions:

    to have a strong will.

  3. the act or process of using or asserting one's choice; volition:

    My hands are obedient to my will.

  4. wish or desire:

    to submit against one's will.

  5. purpose or determination:

    to have the will to succeed.

  6. the wish or purpose as carried out, or to be carried out:

    to work one's will.

  7. disposition, whether good or ill, toward another.

  8. a legal document in which a person specifies the disposition of his or her property after death. Compare testament.

    Category: Law

  9. (v.t.)to decide upon, bring about, or attempt to effect or bring about by an act of will:

    He can walk if he wills it.

  10. to purpose, determine on, or elect by act of will:

    If you will success, you can find it.

  11. to dispose of (property) by a will; bequeath.

    Category: Law

  12. to influence by or as if by exerting will power:

    I willed her to survive the crisis.

  13. (v.i.)to exercise the will.

  14. to decide or determine:

    Others debate, but the king wills.

Idioms for will:

  1. at will, as one desires; whenever one chooses:

    to wander off at will.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of will:

bef. 900; ME will(e), OE will(a), c. OS willio, OHG willo, ON vili, Go wilja; akin to will1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. volition, will(noun)

    the capability of conscious choice and decision and intention

    "the exercise of their volition we construe as revolt"- George Meredith

  2. will(noun)

    a fixed and persistent intent or purpose

    "where there's a will there's a way"

  3. will, testament(verb)

    a legal document declaring a person's wishes regarding the disposal of their property when they die

  4. will(verb)

    decree or ordain

    "God wills our existence"

  5. will(verb)

    determine by choice

    "This action was willed and intended"

  6. bequeath, will, leave(verb)

    leave or give by will after one's death

    "My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry"; "My grandfather left me his entire estate"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. willɪl

    indicates sth that is going to happen in the future

    I will meet you at 2:00.; She'll be happy when she hears the news.; We won't finish before 4:00.

  2. willɪl

    indicates a willingness or ability

    People will probably want to buy it.; These jeans won't fit her.

  3. willɪl

    used to ask or offer politely

    Will you play bingo with me?; Will you help me with this?; Will you have some cake with your coffee?

  4. willɪl

    indicates a rule or order

    You will report to the office by 9 a.m.

  5. willɪl

    indicates what happens in a particular situation

    If the load is too heavy, the boat will sink.; Food will rot quickly in this heat.

  6. will(verb)ɪl

    to use your thoughts to try to control sth

    He willed himself not to cry.

  7. will(noun)ɪl

    determination to do or achieve what you want

    his strong will to succeed; He had lost the will to live.

  8. willɪl

    an official document stating who gets your money and possessions when you die

    to make/write a will; She left him the house in her will.


  1. Will(Noun)

    A weak-side linebacker.

  2. Will(ProperNoun)

    . Also used as a formal given name.

  3. Origin: Shortened from William or, less often, from other given names beginning with Wil-, such as Wilfred or Willard.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Will

    the power of choosing; the faculty or endowment of the soul by which it is capable of choosing; the faculty or power of the mind by which we decide to do or not to do; the power or faculty of preferring or selecting one of two or more objects

  2. Will

    the choice which is made; a determination or preference which results from the act or exercise of the power of choice; a volition

  3. Will

    the choice or determination of one who has authority; a decree; a command; discretionary pleasure

  4. Will

    strong wish or inclination; desire; purpose

  5. Will

    that which is strongly wished or desired

  6. Will

    arbitrary disposal; power to control, dispose, or determine

  7. Will

    the legal declaration of a person's mind as to the manner in which he would have his property or estate disposed of after his death; the written instrument, legally executed, by which a man makes disposition of his estate, to take effect after his death; testament; devise. See the Note under Testament, 1

  8. Will(adverb)

    to wish; to desire; to incline to have

  9. Will(adverb)

    as an auxiliary, will is used to denote futurity dependent on the verb. Thus, in first person, "I will" denotes willingness, consent, promise; and when "will" is emphasized, it denotes determination or fixed purpose; as, I will go if you wish; I will go at all hazards. In the second and third persons, the idea of distinct volition, wish, or purpose is evanescent, and simple certainty is appropriately expressed; as, "You will go," or "He will go," describes a future event as a fact only. To emphasize will denotes (according to the tone or context) certain futurity or fixed determination

  10. Will(verb)

    to be willing; to be inclined or disposed; to be pleased; to wish; to desire

  11. Will(noun)

    to form a distinct volition of; to determine by an act of choice; to ordain; to decree

  12. Will(noun)

    to enjoin or command, as that which is determined by an act of volition; to direct; to order

  13. Will(noun)

    to give or direct the disposal of by testament; to bequeath; to devise; as, to will one's estate to a child; also, to order or direct by testament; as, he willed that his nephew should have his watch

  14. Will(verb)

    to exercise an act of volition; to choose; to decide; to determine; to decree


  1. WILL

    WILL is the callsign of the three public broadcasting stations owned by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and directly operated by its Division of Broadcasting. It consists of PBS member station WILL-TV and National Public Radio member stations WILL and WILL-FM. The three stations are known collectively as Illinois Public Media, and are operated out of Campbell Hall for Public Telecommunication on the U of I campus. WILL-TV received its largest bequest, $1 million, from Lois Dickson, who had been a contributor to the station for the thirty years before her death at the age of 95 in 2004. In April 2011, WILL eliminated its weather department due to budget cuts.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'will' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #42

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'will' in Written Corpus Frequency: #89

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'will' in Nouns Frequency: #762

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'will' in Verbs Frequency: #4

Translations for will

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the mental power by which one controls one's thought, actions and decisions

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