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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 having a desire or inclination (as for a specified course of action)
  • I'm a little confused, but perfectly willing to do as you ask

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2 having or showing the ability to respond without delay or hesitation
  • she's always lent a willing hand whenever a neighbor needed help or a friend a favor

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3 done, made, or given with one's own free will
  • a willing sacrifice of her limited free time for a good cause

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present participle of will

Synonyms of willing (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to give by means of a will
  • willed their house to their adult children

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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

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

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“Willing.” The Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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