willing

adjective will·ing \ ˈwi-liŋ \

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

willingly

play \ˈwi-liŋ-lē\ adverb

willingness

noun

Examples of willing in a Sentence

  1. He was a willing participant in the crime.

  2. She's lending a willing hand.

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First Known Use of willing

14th century

Synonym Discussion of willing

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


WILLING Defined for English Language Learners

willing

adjective

Definition of willing for English Language Learners

  • : 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


WILLING Defined for Kids

willing

adjective will·ing \ ˈwi-liŋ \

Definition of willing for Students

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

willingly

adverb

willingness

noun


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