verb \wəl, (ə)l, əl, ˈwil\
past would \wəd, (ə)d, ˈwd\ present singular & plural will

Definition of WILL

transitive verb
:  desire, wish <call it what you will>
verbal auxiliary
—used to express desire, choice, willingness, consent, or in negative constructions refusal <no one would take the job> <if we will all do our best> <will you please stop that racket>
—used to express frequent, customary, or habitual action or natural tendency or disposition <will get angry over nothing> <will work one day and loaf the next>
—used to express futurity <tomorrow morning I will wake up in this first-class hotel suite — Tennessee Williams>
—used to express capability or sufficiency <the back seat will hold three passengers>
—used to express probability and often equivalent to the simple verb <that will be the babysitter>
a —used to express determination, insistence, persistence, or willfulness <I have made up my mind to go and go I will>
b —used to express inevitability <accidents will happen>
—used to express a command, exhortation, or injunction <you will do as I say, at once>
intransitive verb
:  to have a wish or desire <whether we will or no>
See Usage Discussion at shall
if you will
:  if you wish to call it that <a kind of preoccupation, or obsession if you will — Louis Auchincloss>

Origin of WILL

Middle English (1st & 3d singular present indicative), from Old English wille (infinitive wyllan); akin to Old High German wili (3d singular present indicative) wills, Latin velle to wish, will
First Known Use: before 12th century


noun \ˈwil\

law : a legal document in which a person states who should receive his or her possessions after he or she dies

: a strong desire or determination to do something

: a person's choice or desire in a particular situation

Full Definition of WILL

:  desire, wish: as
a :  disposition, inclination <where there's a will there's a way>
b :  appetite, passion
c :  choice, determination
a :  something desired; especially :  a choice or determination of one having authority or power
b (1) archaic :  request, command
(2) [from the phrase our will is which introduces it] :  the part of a summons expressing a royal command
:  the act, process, or experience of willing :  volition
a :  mental powers manifested as wishing, choosing, desiring, or intending
b :  a disposition to act according to principles or ends
c :  the collective desire of a group <the will of the people>
:  the power of control over one's own actions or emotions <a man of iron will>
:  a legal declaration of a person's wishes regarding the disposal of his or her property or estate after death; especially :  a written instrument legally executed by which a person makes disposition of his or her estate to take effect after death
at will
:  as one wishes :  as or when it pleases or suits oneself

Examples of WILL

  1. In her will, she asked that her money be donated to the church.
  2. He made a will only days before his death.
  3. He has no will of his own.
  4. a government that reflects the will of the people

Origin of WILL

Middle English, from Old English willa will, desire; akin to Old English wille
First Known Use: before 12th century


verb \ˈwil\

Definition of WILL

transitive verb
a :  to order or direct by a will <willed that her property be divided among her children>
b :  to dispose of by or as if by a will :  bequeath <willed his entire estate to this wife>
a :  to determine by an act of choice
b :  decree, ordain <Providence wills it>
c :  intend, purpose
d :  to cause or change by an act of will <believed he could will himself to succeed>; also :  to try to do so
intransitive verb
:  to exercise the will
:  choose <do as you will>

First Known Use of WILL

before 12th century
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