willpower

noun will·pow·er \ ˈwil-ˌpau̇(-ə)r \
Updated on: 23 May 2018

Definition of willpower

: energetic determination

Examples of willpower in a Sentence

  1. The dessert buffet tested my willpower.

  2. He conquered his drinking problem through sheer willpower.

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First Known Use of willpower

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WILLPOWER Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of willpower for English Language Learners

  • : the ability to control yourself : strong determination that allows you to do something difficult (such as to lose weight or quit smoking)


WILLPOWER Defined for Kids

willpower

noun will·pow·er \ ˈwil-ˌpau̇-ər \

Definition of willpower for Students

: strong determination
  • It takes willpower to get yourself in shape.


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