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 With more money going to the artists themselves, many could be more willing to share that profit with the people who are changing their lives: the fans. Sidney Swift, Rolling Stone, 4 Aug. 2022 Fellow Commissioner Larry Schmidt, who sold his NAPA Auto Parts store before becoming a commissioner two years ago, was less willing to discuss his views. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 4 Aug. 2022 People with options are less willing to live as second-class citizens or raise their daughters as second-class citizens. Lindsay Beyerstein, The New Republic, 2 Aug. 2022 Instead, Instagram has to figure out how to make the photo-centric feed even more innovative and appealing to a younger audience, the ones who are more willing to try new features. John Brandon, Forbes, 1 Aug. 2022 Brokerage Macquarie believes that unit costs will fall in coming years as economies of scale kick in and customers become more willing to pay directly for delivery costs. Megha Mandavia, WSJ, 29 July 2022 There was no indication that Lavrov was willing to talk with Blinken about ending the six-month conflict. Paulina Smolinski, CBS News, 29 July 2022 For example, the study found that cats with lower cortisol and testosterone levels were more tolerant of other cats and more willing to share food. Sarah Sloat, NBC News, 27 July 2022 If that trust and respect is achieved, community members likely would be more willing to assist police in helping to solve crimes, leading to more effective policing, the judge said. oregonlive, 27 July 2022 See More

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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 16 Aug. 2022.

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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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