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

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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 However, merchants with existing payment provider agreements might not readily be willing or able to accept digital currency. Christian Kameir, Forbes, "An Investor’s View On Central Bank Digital Currencies," 1 Mar. 2021 Rational traders are not always willing or able to bet against nonsensical market moves. The Economist, "Free exchange The prices of sports cards and odd collectibles are booming, too," 27 Feb. 2021 But neither the United States nor its Western allies were willing or able to contain the chaos that was unleashed. Washington Post, "At the mercy of foreign powers," 25 Feb. 2021 Mark Rodgers, Wilson’s agent, said if the Seahawks are considering a trade, his client would be willing to go to four teams. oregonlive, "Russell Wilson’s agent says quarterback hasn’t demanded trade from the Seattle Seahawks: Report," 25 Feb. 2021 For 10 games, Medvedev was willing to go blow for blow. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: With 18th Grand Slam title, Novak Djokovic shows he's not yielding to young guns," 21 Feb. 2021 Advocates hope that change will aid patients who are struggling to find medical providers willing or able to admit them to the cannabis program. The Salt Lake Tribune, "New cannabis bill would give Utah a 15th marijuana pharmacy," 18 Feb. 2021 But then Ankara took an unexpected stand against a Russian and Syrian government offensive last year in the province of Idlib, showing the Turkish military was not only willing but able to defend the line. New York Times, "In Turkey’s Safe Zone in Syria, Security and Misery Go Hand in Hand," 16 Feb. 2021 The Reunification Program attempts to reconnect homeless youth with family members who may be willing and able to take them in, understanding that many have run away from dangerous and toxic home environments. Dallas News, "Elevate North Texas aims to provide emergency shelter for homeless 18- to 24-year-olds," 12 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of willing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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4 Mar 2021

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“Willing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/willing. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of willing

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


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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