What does willing mean?

Definitions for willing
ˈwɪl ɪŋwill·ing

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. volition, willingadjective

    the act of making a choice

    "followed my father of my own volition"

  2. willingadjective

    disposed or inclined toward

    "a willing participant"; "willing helpers"

  3. uncoerced, unforced, willingadjective

    not brought about by coercion or force

    "the confession was uncoerced"


  1. willingnoun

    The execution of a will.

  2. willingadjective

    Ready to do something that is not (can't be expected as) a matter of course.

    If my boyfriend isn't willing to change his drinking habits, I will split up with him.

  3. Etymology: * willende, present participle of *

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Willingadjective

    Etymology: from will.

    He willing to please one in authority, forced all his skill to make the resemblance of the best fashion. Wisd.

    Some other able, and as willing, pays
    The rigid satisfaction. John Milton.

    Can any man trust a better support under affliction, than the friendship of Omnipotence, who is both able and willing, and knows how to relieve him? Richard Bentley.

    As many as were willing hearted brought bracelets and ear-rings. Ex. xxxv. 22.

    Religion hath force to qualify all sorts of men, to make governors the apter to rule with conscience, inferiors for conscience sake the willinger to obey. Richard Hooker.

    We’ve willing dames enough. William Shakespeare.

    He stoop’d with weary wings and willing feet. John Milton.

    They’re held with his melodious harmony,
    In willing chains, and sweet captivity. John Milton.

    Forbear, if thou hast pity,
    These groans proceed not from a senseless plant,
    No spouts of blood run willing from a tree. Dryden.

    How can hearts not free serve willing. John Milton.


  1. willing

    Willing refers to being ready, eager, or prepared to do something. It implies a sense of consent or voluntary agreement, often accompanying a positive attitude or enthusiasm towards the task or situation at hand. It can likewise denote a level of cooperation, flexibility or open-mindedness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Willing

    of Will

  2. Willingverb

    free to do or to grant; having the mind inclined; not opposed in mind; not choosing to refuse; disposed; not averse; desirous; consenting; complying; ready

  3. Willingverb

    received of choice, or without reluctance; submitted to voluntarily; chosen; desired

  4. Willingverb

    spontaneous; self-moved

  5. Etymology: [From Will, v. t.]


  1. Willing

    Willing is a town in Allegany County, New York, United States. The population was 1,228 at the 2010 census. The Town of Willing is on the southern border of the county, south of the Village of Wellsville.

Editors Contribution

  1. willing

    To make a choice.

    They were willing to change their wedding format and change the day, reduce the amount of food and increase the number of guests for a buffet.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 26, 2020  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Willing is ranked #18899 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Willing surname appeared 1,445 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Willing.

    88.6% or 1,281 total occurrences were White.
    5.3% or 77 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    2.8% or 41 total occurrences were Asian.
    2.1% or 31 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'willing' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2687

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'willing' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2273

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'willing' in Adjectives Frequency: #345

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of willing in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of willing in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of willing in a Sentence

  1. Kohei Sasaki:

    We're willing and considering to add such a product, we've already contacted index vendors on this matter.

  2. Hun Sen:

    If Hun Sen hadn't been willing to enter the tigers' den, how could we have caught the tigers?

  3. Jeffrey Halley:

    The conditions still remain supportive for oil markets, oil should find plenty of willing buyers on any material dip.

  4. Diego Rodriguez:

    As alleged, Pugh, an American citizen, was willing to travel overseas and fight jihad alongside terrorists seeking to do us harm.

  5. Michael Dorn:

    This is our way of saying thanks, and we’re willing to share our space to help and be good neighbors too.

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