will·​ing | \ ˈwi-liŋ How to pronounce willing (audio) \

Definition of willing

1 : inclined or favorably disposed in mind : ready willing and eager to help
2 : prompt to act or respond lending a willing hand
3 : done, borne, or accepted by choice or without reluctance a willing sacrifice
4 : of or relating to the will or power of choosing : volitional

Other Words from willing

willingly \ ˈwi-​liŋ-​lē How to pronounce willing (audio) \ adverb
willingness noun

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voluntary, intentional, deliberate, willing mean done or brought about of one's own will. voluntary implies freedom and spontaneity of choice or action without external compulsion. a voluntary confession intentional stresses an awareness of an end to be achieved. the intentional concealment of vital information deliberate implies full consciousness of the nature of one's act and its consequences. deliberate acts of sabotage willing implies a readiness and eagerness to accede to or anticipate the wishes of another. willing obedience

Examples of willing in a Sentence

He was a willing participant in the crime. She's lending a willing hand.
Recent Examples on the Web Student athletes should be free to get paid to endorse local and national businesses that are willing to pay for it, according to a lawsuit filed Monday in Miami. Rafael Olmeda, sun-sentinel.com, 10 Jan. 2022 Gooding asked if Litterer would be willing to do something for Huisenga. John Tufts, USA TODAY, 9 Jan. 2022 Salons have found that customers are willing to pay a bit more to help cover the costs of Green Circle Salons’ services — and in turn can serve as champions of the program and its environmental benefits. Christopher Marquis, Forbes, 5 Jan. 2022 For example, 84% of dog owners would be willing to pay more to get a home with a doggy door or close proximity to a dog park. Kristina Mcguirk, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Jan. 2022 With many traders off, prices people are willing to buy and sell at may be higher or lower because there are fewer counterparties. Paul Vigna, WSJ, 27 Dec. 2021 My advice stands, however: If both spouses are not willing to put in the work, reconciliation is nearly impossible. cleveland, 30 Dec. 2021 Americans are willing to put up with a lot of deathThe official Covid death toll in the United States is nearing 820,000, a figure that is certainly an underestimate, though by how much remains unclear. Helen Branswell, STAT, 30 Dec. 2021 My advice stands, however: If both spouses are not willing to put in the work, reconciliation is nearly impossible. Annie Lane, oregonlive, 30 Dec. 2021

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First Known Use of willing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Willing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/willing. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of willing

: not refusing to do something : ready
: quick to act or respond : doing something or ready to do something without being persuaded
: done, made, or given by choice : voluntary


will·​ing | \ ˈwi-liŋ How to pronounce willing (audio) \

Kids Definition of willing

1 : feeling no objection I'm willing to go.
2 : not slow or lazy She's a willing worker.
3 : made, done, or given by choice : voluntary a willing sacrifice

Other Words from willing

willingly adverb
willingness noun

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