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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
will1 /wɪl/USA pronunciation   auxiliary v. and v., pres. will;
 past would. 

auxiliary, modal verb. This word is used before the root form of the next verb
  • to indicate that the action of that verb is going to take place in the future:I will be there tomorrow.
  • to express willingness:Nobody will help us.
  • to express a command:You will report to the principal at once.
  • to mean "may be expected or supposed to'':You will not have forgotten him.
  • to express probability or to show what is likely:They will be asleep by this time, don't you think?
  • to express customary action:She will write for hours at a time. Boys will be boys.
  • to express capability:This couch will seat four.

  • v. [+ object]
  • to wish; like:Take what you will.

  • will2 /wɪl/USA pronunciation   n. 
    1. [uncountable] the ability to do actions that one is conscious of and that one wishes to do deliberately:the freedom of the will.
    2. [countable] the power of choosing or deciding:a strong will.
    3. [countable; usually singular] wish or desire:He went against his mother's will.
    4. [uncountable] purpose or determination:the will to succeed.
    5. [uncountable] feelings, emotions, or regard toward another:She still harbored a lot of ill will toward her old boss.
    6. Law[countable] a legal document stating what will happen to one's possessions or property after one's death.

    v. 
  • [+ object + to + verb] to decide upon or bring about by an act of the will:willed himself to get out of bed.
  • Lawto give (one's possessions or property) to (someone) after one's death; bequeath: [+ object + to + object]She willed the silver tea set to her daughter.[+ object + object]She willed her the silver tea set.
  • idiom
    1. Idiomsat will, as one desires; whenever one chooses:The kids were free to wander at will.


    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    will1  (wil), 
    auxiliary v.  and v., pres. sing. 1st pers. will, 2nd will  or ( [Archaic] ) wilt, 3rd will, pres. pl. will;
     past sing. 1st pers. would, 2nd would  or ( [Archaic] ) wouldst, 3rd would, past pl. would;
     past part. ([Obs.])wold  or would;
     imperative, infinitive, and pres. participle lacking. 

    auxiliary verb. 
  • am (is, are, etc.) about or going to:I will be there tomorrow. She will see you at dinner.
  • am (is, are, etc.) disposed or willing to:People will do right.
  • am (is, are, etc.) expected or required to:You will report to the principal at once.
  • may be expected or supposed to:You will not have forgotten him. This will be right.
  • am (is, are, etc.) determined or sure to (used emphatically):You would do it. People will talk.
  • am (is, are, etc.) accustomed to, or do usually or often:You will often see her sitting there. He would write for hours at a time.
  • am (is, are, etc.) habitually disposed or inclined to:Boys will be boys. After dinner they would read aloud.
  • am (is, are, etc.) capable of; can:This tree will live without water for three months.
  • am (is, are, etc.) going to:I will bid you "Good night.''

  • v.t., v.i. 
  • to wish; desire;
    like:Go where you will. Ask, if you will, who the owner is.
  • Etymology:bef. 900;
    Middle English willen, Old English wyllan;
    cognate with Dutch willen, German wollen, Old Norse vilja, Gothic wiljan;
    akin to Latin velle to wish
    See shall. 
    will2  (wil), 
    n., v., willed, will•ing. 

    n. 
  • the faculty of conscious and especially of deliberate action;
    the power of control the mind has over its own actions:the freedom of the will.
  • power of choosing one's own actions:to have a strong or a weak will.
  • the act or process of using or asserting one's choice; volition:My hands are obedient to my will.
  • wish or desire:to submit against one's will.
  • purpose or determination, often hearty or stubborn determination; willfulness:to have the will to succeed.
  • the wish or purpose as carried out, or to be carried out:to work one's will.
  • disposition, whether good or ill, toward another.
  • [Law.]
    • 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.
    at will: 
    • at one's discretion or pleasure; as one desires:to wander at will through the countryside.
    • at one's disposal or command.

    v.t. 
  • to decide, bring about, or attempt to effect or bring about by an act of the will:He can walk if he wills it.
  • to purpose, determine on, or elect, by an act of will:If he wills success, he can find it.
  • Lawto give or dispose of (property) by a will or testament; bequeath or devise.
  • to influence by exerting will power:She was willed to walk the tightrope by the hypnotist.

  • v.i. 
  • to exercise the will:To will is not enough, one must do.
  • to decide or determine:Others debate, but the king wills.
  • Etymology:bef. 900; (noun, nominal) Middle English will(e), Old English will(a);
    cognate with Dutch wil, German Wille, Old Norse vili, Gothic wilja;
    (verb, verbal) Middle English willen, Old English willian to wish, desire, derivative of the noun, nominal;
    akin to will1
    willer, n. 
    3 . choice.4 . pleasure, disposition, inclination.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.10 . determine.12 . leave.
    Will  (wil), 
    n. 

      a male given name, form of William. 


    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    will /wɪl/ vb ( past would)
    takes an infinitive without to or an implied infinitive:

    1. esp with you, he, she, it, they, or a noun as subject: used as an auxiliary to make the future tense
      Compare shall
    2. used as an auxiliary to express resolution on the part of the speaker: I will buy that radio if it's the last thing I do
    3. used as an auxiliary to indicate willingness or desire: will you help me with this problem?
    4. used as an auxiliary to express compulsion, as in commands: you will report your findings to me tomorrow
    5. used as an auxiliary to express capacity or ability: this rope will support a load
    6. used as an auxiliary to express probability or expectation on the part of the speaker: that will be Jim telephoning
    7. used as an auxiliary to express customary practice or inevitability: boys will be boys
    8. (with the infinitive always implied) used as an auxiliary to express desire: usually in polite requests: stay if you will
    9. what you willwhatever you like
    10. will doinformal a declaration of willingness to do what is requested
    Etymology: Old English willan; related to Old Saxon willian, Old Norse vilja, Old High German wollen, Latin velle to wish, will
    USAGE
    shall

    will /wɪl/ n
    1. the faculty of conscious and deliberate choice of action; volition
      Related adjective(s): voluntary, volitive
    2. the act or an instance of asserting a choice
    3. the declaration of a person's wishes regarding the disposal of his or her property after death
      Related adjective(s): testamentary
    4. a revocable instrument by which such wishes are expressed
    5. anything decided upon or chosen, esp by a person in authority; desire; wish
    6. determined intention: where there's a will there's a way
    7. disposition or attitude towards others: he bears you no ill will
    8. at willat one's own desire, inclination, or choice
    9. with a willheartily; energetically
    10. with the best will in the worldeven with the best of intentions
    vb (mainly tr; often takes a clause as object or an infinitive)
    1. (also intr) to exercise the faculty of volition in an attempt to accomplish (something): he willed his wife's recovery from her illness
    2. to give (property) by will to a person, society, etc: he willed his art collection to the nation
    3. (also intr) to order or decree: the king wills that you shall die
    4. to choose or prefer: wander where you will
    5. to yearn for or desire: to will that one's friends be happy
    Etymology: Old English willa; related to Old Norse vili, Old High German willeo (German Wille), Gothic wilja, Old Slavonic volja

    ˈwiller n



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