What does will mean?

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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"


  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

  15. Origin: [OE. willen, imp. wolde; akin to OS. willan, OFries. willa, D. willen, G. wollen, OHG. wollan, wellan, Icel. & Sw. vilja, Dan. ville, Goth. wiljan, OSlav. voliti, L. velle to wish, volo I wish; cf. Skr. v to choose, to prefer. Cf. Voluntary, Welcome, Well, adv.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Will

    wil, n. power of choosing or determining: volition: choice or determination: pleasure: command: arbitrary disposal: feeling towards, as in good or ill will: disposition of one's effects at death, the written document containing such.—v.i. to have a wish, desire: to resolve, be resolved: to be accustomed, certain, ready, or sure (to do, &c.)—used as an auxiliary, esp. in future constructions: to exercise the will: to decree: (B.) to be willing.—v.t. to wish, desire: to determine: to be resolved to do: to command: to dispose of by will: to subject to another's will, as in hypnotism:—pa.t. would.—adj. Wil′ful, governed only by one's will: done or suffered by design: obstinate: (Shak.) willing.—adv. Wil′fully.—n. Wil′fulness.—adj. Willed, having a will: brought under another's will.—n. Will′er, one who wishes, one who wills.—adjs. Will′ing, having the will inclined to a thing: desirous: disposed: chosen; Will′ing-heart′ed, heartily consenting.—adv. Will′ingly.—n. Will′ingness.—adj. Will′yard (Scot.), wilful: shy.—ns. Good′-will (see Good); Ill′-will (see Ill).—At will, at pleasure; Conjoint, Joint, will, a testamentary act by two persons jointly in the same instrument; Have one's will, to obtain what one desires; Tenant at will, one who holds lands at the will of the owner; With a will, with all one's heart; Work one's will, to do exactly what one wants. [A.S. willa, will—willan, wyllan, to wish; Goth. wiljan, Ger. wollen, L. velle.]

Editors Contribution

  1. will

    A legal document declaring a person's choices regarding the sharing of their personal assets, money, property and possessions after they fulfill their soul purpose on the planet and move on to another dimension.

    My Nan wrote in her will to share equally everything among all her children as she loved them all equally and was a believer in treating everybody equally and fairly and knew she would always live just in another dimension.

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of will in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of will in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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