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 Their proprietary survey of fliers suggest that a third would be willing to pay at least 25% more if travel time could be cut in half. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, 5 June 2021 Businesses want workers, are willing to pay for them, and indeed are working their existing employees longer hours to keep up. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, 5 June 2021 What surprised the sales agent is how much the buyers were willing to pay. Jim Buchta, Star Tribune, 5 June 2021 Because people, perhaps a substantial number of them, are willing to pay $49.99 to watch the outcome. Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, 5 June 2021 Collectors might be willing to pay top dollar for signatures, but seeking out the names that will garner the most interest requires stealth. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 4 June 2021 There is nothing the original painting could be traded for on an equal one-to-one basis simply because an exact duplicate can never be made, so the value is ultimately determined by whoever is willing to pay the most. Tyler 'jett' Prescott, Rolling Stone, 4 June 2021 Most crossovers try to appeal to a broadest possible swath of the buyers, but the UX200 is laser focused on a niche buyer who is willing to pay extra for a small, but still premium, product. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, 3 June 2021 And like their Italian counterparts, Japanese officials are willing to let some of them go for free in the hopes of revitalizing rural areas across the country, Nikkei Asia reports. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, 2 June 2021

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First Known Use of willing

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of willing was in the 14th century

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8 Jun 2021

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“Willing.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/willing. Accessed 12 Jun. 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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