willed

adjective
\ ˈwild How to pronounce willed (audio) \

Definition of willed

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

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Examples of willed in a Sentence

a hard-nosed industrialist with a willed indifference to public opinion
Recent Examples on the Web The Heiress Hunt is about two strong-willed individuals learning to wrest the tightfisted control that has dictated their lives (and their success). Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "Hot Stuff: March 2021 romance novels embrace learning to love yourself," 1 Apr. 2021 Geniuses need to be ambitious, stubborn and iron-willed, and Erivo plays that version of Franklin with a slow burn that does not waver. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: National Geographic’s Aretha Franklin miniseries misses its groove," 19 Mar. 2021 Family members remembered Morris as a strong-willed, energetic, humorous and caring father of three children. Eric Roper, Star Tribune, "Michael Morris, an Air Force technical sergeant stationed in Italy, dies at 36," 3 Mar. 2021 There is typecasting, and then there is Cristin Milioti’s career the last few years, where she has repeatedly been hired to play strong-willed women trapped by some useless dude in a science-fiction nightmare. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, "‘Made for Love’: Another Bad Romance — and Perfect Role — for Cristin Milioti," 30 Mar. 2021 Pocahontas inspires us by being a strong-willed person who wants to follow their own path in life. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "20 things to wear to support your favorite Disney heroines," 23 Mar. 2021 For all the times I have been corrected to say something properly, or had me no speak engrish spewed in my face, I am stunned at the collective, willed ignorance and utter denial of saying the one most important thing properly this week. Jodie Chan, Marie Claire, ""Say It Properly"," 19 Mar. 2021 His strong-willed big sister is not going to take this kindly. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, "Grey’s Anatomy Is Finally Back, So of Course They Killed Someone Off," 12 Mar. 2021 But they were also raised on bookish Belle, on Merida and Mulan, powerful, strong-willed young women who want more than a man; on Anna and Elsa, whose quest for true love involves a sibling, not a suitor. Jennifer Weiner, Glamour, "Meghan Markle Is Rewriting Her Fairy Tale Ending," 9 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of willed

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Apr 2021

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“Willed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/willed. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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