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Meaning of WILL

Pronunciation:  wil

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  1. [n]  the capability of conscious choice and decision and intention; "the exercise of their volition we construe as revolt"- George Meredith
  2. [n]  a fixed and persistent intent or purpose; "where there's a will there's a way"
  3. [n]  a legal document declaring a person's wishes regarding the disposal of their property when they die
  4. [v]  determine by choice; "This action was willed and intended"
  5. [v]  have in mind; "I will take the exam tomorrow"
  6. [v]  decree or ordain; "God wills our existence"
  7. [v]  leave or give by will after one's death; "My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry"; "My grandfather left me his entire estate"
  8. [v]  be going to; indicates futurity

WILL is a 4 letter word that starts with W.


 Synonyms: bequeath, leave, shall, testament, volition, wish
 Antonyms: disinherit, disown
 See Also: aim, codicil, decide, design, determine, devise, devise, faculty, gift, give, instrument, intend, intent, intention, legal document, legal instrument, make up one's mind, mean, mental faculty, module, New Testament, official document, Old Testament, ordain, pass on, present, purpose, remember, reward, think, velleity



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Will\, n. [OE. wille, AS. willa; akin to OFries. willa,
    OS. willeo, willio, D. wil, G. wille, Icel. vili, Dan.
    villie, Sw. vilja, Goth wilja. See {Will}, v.]
    1. The power of choosing; the faculty or endowment of the
       soul by which it is capable of choosing; the faculty or
       power of the mind by which we decide to do or not to do;
       the power or faculty of preferring or selecting one of two
       or more objects.
             It is necessary to form a distinct notion of what is
             meant by the word ``volition'' in order to
             understand the import of the word will, for this
             last word expresses the power of mind of which
             ``volition'' is the act.              --Stewart.
             Will is an ambiguous word, being sometimes put for
             the faculty of willing; sometimes for the act of
             that faculty, besides [having] other meanings. But
             ``volition'' always signifies the act of willing,
             and nothing else.                     --Reid.
             Appetite is the will's solicitor, and the will is
             appetite's controller; what we covet according to
             the one, by the other we often reject. --Hooker.
             The will is plainly that by which the mind chooses
             anything.                             --J. Edwards.
    2. The choice which is made; a determination or preference
       which results from the act or exercise of the power of
       choice; a volition.
             The word ``will,'' however, is not always used in
             this its proper acceptation, but is frequently
             substituted for ``volition'', as when I say that my
             hand mover in obedience to my will.   --Stewart.
    3. The choice or determination of one who has authority; a
       decree; a command; discretionary pleasure.
             Thy will be done.                     --Matt. vi.
             Our prayers should be according to the will of God.
    4. Strong wish or inclination; desire; purpose.
    Note: ``Inclination is another word with which will is
          frequently confounded. Thus, when the apothecary says,
          in Romeo and Juliet,
                My poverty, but not my will, consents; . . . Put
                this in any liquid thing you will, And drink it
                off. the word will is plainly used as, synonymous
          with inclination; not in the strict logical sense, as
          the immediate antecedent of action. It is with the same
          latitude that the word is used in common conversation,
          when we speak of doing a thing which duty prescribes,
          against one's own will; or when we speak of doing a
          thing willingly or unwillingly.'' --Stewart.
    5. That which is strongly wished or desired.
             What's your will, good friar?         --Shak.
             The mariner hath his will.            --Coleridge.
    6. Arbitrary disposal; power to control, dispose, or
             Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies.
                                                   --Ps. xxvii.
    7. (Law) The legal declaration of a person's mind as to the
       manner in which he would have his property or estate
       disposed of after his death; the written instrument,
       legally executed, by which a man makes disposition of his
       estate, to take effect after his death; testament; devise.
       See the Note under {Testament}, 1.
    Note: Wills are written or nuncupative, that is, oral. See
          {Nuncupative will}, under {Nuncupative}.
    {At will} (Law), at pleasure. To hold an estate at the will
       of another, is to enjoy the possession at his pleasure,
       and be liable to be ousted at any time by the lessor or
       proprietor. An estate at will is at the will of both
    {Good will}. See under {Good}.
    {Ill will}, enmity; unfriendliness; malevolence.
    {To have one's will}, to obtain what is desired; to do what
       one pleases.
    {Will worship}, worship according to the dictates of the will
       or fancy; formal worship. [Obs.]
    {Will worshiper}, one who offers will worship. [Obs.] --Jer.
    {With a will}, with willingness and zeal; with all one's
       heart or strength; earnestly; heartily.
  2. \Will\, v. t. & auxiliary. [imp. {Would}. Indic. present, I
    will (Obs. I wol), thou wilt, he will (Obs. he wol); we, ye,
    they will.] [OE. willen, imp. wolde; akin to OS. willan,
    OFries. willa, D. willen, G. wollen, OHG. wollan, wellan,
    Icel. & Sw. vilja, Dan. ville, Goth. wiljan, OSlav. voliti,
    L. velle to wish, volo I wish; cf. Skr. v[.r] to choose, to
    prefer. Cf. {Voluntary}, {Welcome}, {Well}, adv.]
    1. To wish; to desire; to incline to have.
             A wife as of herself no thing ne sholde [should]
             Wille in effect, but as her husband wolde [would].
             Caleb said unto her, What will thou ? --Judg. i. 14.
             They would none of my counsel.        --Prov. i. 30.
    2. As an auxiliary, will is used to denote futurity dependent
       on the verb. Thus, in first person, ``I will'' denotes
       willingness, consent, promise; and when ``will'' is
       emphasized, it denotes determination or fixed purpose; as,
       I will go if you wish; I will go at all hazards. In the
       second and third persons, the idea of distinct volition,
       wish, or purpose is evanescent, and simple certainty is
       appropriately expressed; as, ``You will go,'' or ``He will
       go,'' describes a future event as a fact only. To
       emphasize will denotes (according to the tone or context)
       certain futurity or fixed determination.
    Note: Will, auxiliary, may be used elliptically for will go.
          ``I'll to her lodgings.'' --Marlowe.
    Note: As in shall (which see), the second and third persons
          may be virtually converted into the first, either by
          question or indirect statement, so as to receive the
          meaning which belongs to will in that person; thus,
          ``Will you go?'' (answer, ``I will go'') asks assent,
          requests, etc.; while ``Will he go?'' simply inquires
          concerning futurity; thus, also,``He says or thinks he
          will go,'' ``You say or think you will go,'' both
          signify willingness or consent.
    Note: Would, as the preterit of will, is chiefly employed in
          conditional, subjunctive, or optative senses; as, he
          would go if he could; he could go if he would; he said
          that he would go; I would fain go, but can not; I would
          that I were young again; and other like phrases. In the
          last use, the first personal pronoun is often omitted;
          as, would that he were here; would to Heaven that it
          were so; and, omitting the to in such an adjuration.
          ``Would God I had died for thee.'' Would is used for
          both present and future time, in conditional
          propositions, and would have for past time; as, he
          would go now if he were ready; if it should rain, he
          would not go; he would have gone, had he been able.
          Would not, as also will not, signifies refusal. ``He
          was angry, and would not go in.'' --Luke xv. 28. Would
          is never a past participle.
    Note: In Ireland, Scotland, and the United States, especially
          in the southern and western portions of the United
          States, shall and will, should and would, are often
          misused, as in the following examples:
                I am able to devote as much time and attention to
                other subjects as I will [shall] be under the
                necessity of doing next winter.    --Chalmers.
                A countryman, telling us what he had seen,
                remarked that if the conflagration went on, as it
                was doing, we would [should] have, as our next
                season's employment, the Old Town of Edinburgh to
                rebuild.                           --H. Miller.
                I feel assured that I will [shall] not have the
                misfortune to find conflicting views held by one
                so enlightened as your excellency. --J. Y. Mason.
  3. \Will\, v. i.
    To be willing; to be inclined or disposed; to be pleased; to
    wish; to desire.
          And behold, there came a leper and worshiped him,
          saying, Lord if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
          And Jesus . . . touched him, saying, I will; be thou
          clean.                                   --Matt. viii.
                                                   2, 3.
    Note: This word has been confused with will, v. i., to
          choose, which, unlike this, is of the weak conjugation.
    {Will I, nill I}, or {Will ye, hill ye}, or {Will he, nill
    he}, whether I, you, or he will it or not; hence, without
       choice; compulsorily; -- sometimes corrupted into willy
       nilly. ``If I must take service willy nilly.'' --J. H.
       Newman. ``Land for all who would till it, and reading and
       writing will ye, nill ye.'' --Lowell.
  4. \Will\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Willed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Willing}. Indic. present I will, thou willeth, he wills; we,
    ye, they will.] [Cf. AS. willian. See {Will}, n.]
    1. To form a distinct volition of; to determine by an act of
       choice; to ordain; to decree. ``What she will to do or
       say.'' --Milton.
             By all law and reason, that which the Parliament
             will not, is no more established in this kingdom.
             Two things he [God] willeth, that we should be good,
             and that we should be happy.          --Barrow.
    2. To enjoin or command, as that which is determined by an
       act of volition; to direct; to order. [Obs. or R.]
             They willed me say so, madam.         --Shak.
             Send for music, And will the cooks to use their best
             of cunning To please the palate.      --Beau. & Fl.
             As you go, will the lord mayor . . . To attend our
             further pleasure presently.           --J. Webster.
    3. To give or direct the disposal of by testament; to
       bequeath; to devise; as, to will one's estate to a child;
       also, to order or direct by testament; as, he willed that
       his nephew should have his watch.
  5. \Will\, v. i.
    To exercise an act of volition; to choose; to decide; to
    determine; to decree.
          At Winchester he lies, so himself willed. --Robert of
          He that shall turn his thoughts inward upon what passes
          in his own mind when he wills.           --Locke.
          I contend for liberty as it signifies a power in man to
          do as he wills or pleases.               --Collins.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: A legal declaration that disposes of a person's property when that person dies.