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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
will1 /wɪl/USA pronunciation
auxiliary v. and v., pres. will;WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
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
[~ + 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.
- [uncountable] the ability to do actions that one is conscious of and that one wishes to do deliberately:the freedom of the will.
- [countable] the power of choosing or deciding:a strong will.
- [countable; usually singular] wish or desire:He went against his mother's will.
- [uncountable] purpose or determination:the will to succeed.
- [uncountable] feelings, emotions, or regard toward another:She still harbored a lot of ill will toward her old boss.
- Law[countable] a legal document stating what will happen to one's possessions or property after one's death.
- Idiomsat will, as one desires; whenever one chooses:The kids were free to wander at will.
(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.
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.''
to wish; desire;
like:Go where you will. Ask, if you will, who the owner is.
(wil), n., v., willed, will•ing.
Middle English willen, Old English wyllan;
cognate with Dutch willen, German wollen, Old Norse vilja, Gothic wiljan;
akin to Latin velle to wish
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.
- 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 one's discretion or pleasure; as one desires:to wander at will through the countryside.
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.
to exercise the will:To will is not enough, one must do.
to decide or determine:Others debate, but the king wills.
- at one's disposal or command.
Etymology:bef. 900; (noun, nominal) Middle English will(e), Old English will(a);
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.
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
a male given name, form of William.
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will /wɪl/ vb ( past would)
takes an infinitive without to or an implied infinitive:
Etymology: Old English willan; related to Old Saxon willian, Old Norse vilja, Old High German wollen, Latin velle to wish, willUSAGE
esp with you, he, she, it, they, or a noun as subject: used as an auxiliary to make the future tense
- 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
- used as an auxiliary to indicate willingness or desire: will you help me with this problem?
- used as an auxiliary to express compulsion, as in commands: you will report your findings to me tomorrow
- used as an auxiliary to express capacity or ability: this rope will support a load
- used as an auxiliary to express probability or expectation on the part of the speaker: that will be Jim telephoning
- used as an auxiliary to express customary practice or inevitability: boys will be boys
- (with the infinitive always implied) used as an auxiliary to express desire: usually in polite requests: stay if you will
- what you will ⇒ whatever you like
- will do ⇒ informal a declaration of willingness to do what is requested
will /wɪl/ n
vb (mainly tr; often takes a clause as object or an infinitive)
- the faculty of conscious and deliberate choice of action; volition
Related adjective(s): voluntary, volitive
- the act or an instance of asserting a choice
- the declaration of a person's wishes regarding the disposal of his or her property after death
Related adjective(s): testamentary
- a revocable instrument by which such wishes are expressed
- anything decided upon or chosen, esp by a person in authority; desire; wish
- determined intention: where there's a will there's a way
- disposition or attitude towards others: he bears you no ill will
- at will ⇒ at one's own desire, inclination, or choice
- with a will ⇒ heartily; energetically
- with the best will in the world ⇒ even with the best of intentions
Etymology: Old English willa; related to Old Norse vili, Old High German willeo (German Wille), Gothic wilja, Old Slavonic voljaˈwiller n
- (also intr) to exercise the faculty of volition in an attempt to accomplish (something): he willed his wife's recovery from her illness
- to give (property) by will to a person, society, etc: he willed his art collection to the nation
- (also intr) to order or decree: the king wills that you shall die
- to choose or prefer: wander where you will
- to yearn for or desire: to will that one's friends be happy