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Definition of willed

1 : having a will especially of a specified kind usually used in combination strong-willed

Examples of willed in a Sentence

a hard-nosed industrialist with a willed indifference to public opinion
Recent Examples on the Web Cephas Jones, who co-starred with Diggs in the original Broadway company of Hamilton, plays Ashley, the strong-willed girlfriend of Casal’s Miles. Naveen Kumar, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 June 2022 In New York, Byford had to deal with a strong-willed, hands-on governor, but without the help of the mayor at the time, Bill de Blasio, who had little say over the subway system. Mark Landler, BostonGlobe.com, 14 May 2022 The actress starred as the iron-willed and tomboyish Arya Stark for all eight seasons of the HBO fantasy juggernaut, joining the cast at the age of 12. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 13 Apr. 2022 In 1950s London, a renowned dressmaker’s life is disrupted by a young, strong-willed woman who becomes his muse and lover. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, 11 Feb. 2022 Bertha, a strong-willed woman herself, can’t understand it. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Jan. 2022 Total Control centres on Deborah Mailman's character, Alex Irving, a strong-willed woman in Canberra's cut-throat political bubble where so many odds are stacked against an Indigenous woman in office. Alicia Vrajlal, refinery29.com, 19 Jan. 2022 Eloise is a strong-willed young woman who has no real interest in getting married, and would prefer to focus on her education and professional life. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, 9 Apr. 2022 Nor is the strong-willed Lizzie any less tolerant of him. Los Angeles Times, 23 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of willed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Jun 2022

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“Willed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/willed. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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