verb (3rd singular present will; past would /wʊd/)
- 1Expressing the future tense: you will regret it when you are olderMore example sentences
- Soon there will be bitter regret at all the public land being squandered irredeemably.
- Now that she has settled into the British way of life the move to Bradford is one she will never regret.
- Alcohol loosens tongues and will allow you to say things you will truly regret later.
- 1.1Expressing a strong intention or assertion about the future: come what may, I will succeedMore example sentences
- We are a very strong team and we will turn it around.
- If you make something special and powerful and honest and true, you will succeed.
- It just takes so long to get the help needed but I'm so much stronger now and I know I will get through it.
- 2Expressing inevitable events: accidents will happenMore example sentences
have a tendency to, are bound to, have a habit of, do
- It is a necessary fact that animals will die and suffer in the pursuit of human betterment.
- We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way.
- There will always be different trends of opinion in any large, growing socialist party.
- 3Expressing a request: will you stop here, pleaseMore example sentences
- By the way, you will stop me when I get a title graphic up that everyone likes won't you?
- 3.1Expressing desire, consent, or willingness: will you have a cognac?More example sentences
- Neither man will give his consent for the use of the embryos, which is required by law.
- He is keen to cater to all and if requested will happily search out brands he doesn't already stock.
- Bury is not hosting any official events, but will help groups to organise parties.
- 4Expressing facts about ability or capacity: a rock so light that it will float on water your tank will hold about 26 gallonsMore example sentences
- The way we choose to interpret and perceive stares will influence our ability to cope with them.
- There are shareware programs that will generate tones of frequencies you specify.
- They will also float if you drop one overboard and you can scoop it up with a fish net.
- 5Expressing habitual behaviour: she will dance for hoursMore example sentences
- The strongest animals will never allow themselves to be captured and put in cages.
- All I have to do is walk down the street and kids and adults will stop and gawk at me.
- They will do this at a certain time of day and the great thing is to break them of the habit.
- 6Expressing probability or expectation about something in the present: they will be miles away by nowMore example sentences
- The anger felt in the Square Mile will probably not be comprehensible to him, but it is real.
- Since this is a matter of probabilities, it will often not be easy to calculate.
- However often the symptoms will be present for some months or years before help is sought.
Old English wyllan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch willen, German wollen, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin velle 'will, wish'.
On the differences in use between will and shall, see shall (usage).
- 1The faculty by which a person decides on and initiates action: she has an iron will a battle of wills between children and their parents [mass noun]: an act of willMore example sentences
determination, firmness of purpose, fixity of purpose, will power, strength of character, resolution, resolve, resoluteness, purposefulness, single-mindedness, drive, commitment, dedication, doggedness, tenacity, tenaciousness, staying power, backbone, spine; self-control, self-restraint, self-discipline, self-mastery; volition; German Sitzfleisch• informal stickabilityNorth American • informal stick-to-it-iveness• rare perseverationvolition, choice, option, decision, discretion, prerogative
- It became this battle of wills between the two sides.
- We have to recognise that we have laid most of the building blocks already and that it is too late to win a battle of wills.
- If he is determined to make this a battle of wills, the outcome could be very messy.
- 1.1 (also willpower) [mass noun] Control deliberately exerted to do something or to restrain one’s own impulses: a stupendous effort of willMore example sentences
- I am proud of myself; I have managed to fulfill a feat of endurance and willpower and maintain control over my body.
- It took all my willpower to restrain from running to the harbor and instead follow Mr. Kenton at a swift pace.
- The man looked to be using every ounce of willpower he possessed to restrain himself.
- 1.2A deliberate or fixed desire or intention: Jane had not wanted them to stay against their will [with infinitive]: the will to liveMore example sentences
- As Hume illustrates, we might suppose that there are no Reasons in the area of ethics - just the desires or wills of particular persons, not necessarily shared or respected by anyone else.
- I doubted, as I watched over the little boy's head, that the old man would live, but there were always several people who had strong wills to live.
- Artistic talent is very often present, but the will to express this talent may be slow to appear.
- 1.3The thing that one desires or ordains: Jane tells St. John that she could marry him if she only knew it was God’s willMore example sentences
- Instead, they explain that all humans have wills and desires, and it should not be surprising that infants also express theirs.
- They are enacting their own selfish wills, and teaching us to do the same.
- 2A legal document containing instructions as to what should be done with one’s money and property after one’s death.More example sentences
- Up and down the country, thousands of other people have done the same, yet all of us knew at the time we signed such documents that these wills had no proper legal status.
- And those jurisdictions have also eliminated discrimination in the areas of property division, wills, stamp duty and hospital visitation rights.
- In her classes, she pestered professors with questions about how the legal topic in question - wills and trusts, property law - might apply to pets.
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- 1chiefly • formal or • literary Intend, desire, or wish (something) to happen: their friendship flourished particularly because Adams willed itMore example sentences
- Is it the case that a spell will not work if the person casting it consciously desires or wills the outcome?
- From another angle, however, it is possible to argue that his premature death was willed by the state.
- To save the world, in this understanding, God willed the violent death of God's only beloved son.
- 1.1 [with object and infinitive] Make or try to make (someone) do something or (something) happen by the exercise of mental powers: reluctantly he willed himself to turn and go back she stared into the fog, willing it to clearMore example sentences
- We sat by Charlie's bed for five days, just willing him to wake up.
- The crowd were willing him on but the goal never came.
- With only one weekend left until Christmas, the major retailers are willing us all to indulge in a last-minute splurge of spending.
- 2 (will something to) Bequeath something to (someone) by the terms of one’s will: his father willed the farm to Mr TimmsMore example sentences
- If I should die before he is freed, the case will be willed to another attorney.
- To Bentham, who willed his own body to the University of London, it was perfectly just to put the bodies of paupers to scientific use as a means of repaying their public debt.
- He willed the farm to Annie before lapsing into delirium and feverishly mumbling his last words in the Maori he knew so well.
- 2.1 [with clause] Leave specified instructions in one’s will: he willed that his body should be given to the hospitalMore example sentences
- When he died, he willed that all he had hidden down here be buried with him.
- She had willed that after her death parts of her body be put on display or sent to those responsible for abusing animals.
- At whatever time or in whatever way one pleases: he seemed to think he could walk in and out of her life at willMore example sentences
as one pleases, as one wishes, as one thinks fit, to suit oneself, at one's pleasure, at one's inclination/discretion, at whim
- Everyone in this film is going slowly insane, doing drugs, and killing at will.
- Few, if any, other counties possess such strong forwards who can switch positions at will.
- That is why they give awards for acting, not for crying or laughing at will.
have a will of one's own
- Have a wilful character.More example sentences
- One would almost be tempted to think that we have a will of our own.
- But I don't have it down to an exact science, and sometimes they sort of have a will of their own.
- Annoyed that her thoughts seemed to have a will of their own - something that rarely happened - Sahara flopped backwards into the center of her thick down comforter and closed her eyes in concentration.
have one's will
- • archaic Obtain what one wants.More example sentences
- At the end of her tale, she delivers a bit of wisdom that has yet to be improved upon: When it comes to love, ‘A woman will have her will.’
- Not only have the competitors had to lay down their gloves, as it were, to manipulate their own happy ending, but neither has emerged the clear victor, the comic hero who ‘has his will.’
if you will
- Said when politely asking someone to do or consider something: imagine, if you will, a typical silversmith’s shopMore example sentences
- Imagine, if you will, the ruins of an ancient abbey set in a secluded valley on the Kent / Sussex border.
- Imagine, if you will, what would happen if the concept were to be transferred to racing.
- So with America firmly in mind, consider the final news item if you will.
what you will
- What you want or like: activists, campaigners, educators—call them what you will, they have a tough task in this countryMore example sentences
- The beauty of it is that you can make of it what you will.
- Call it what you will, but that is not exactly zero tolerance.
- Call me heartless, barbaric, unforgiving, or what you will, but I can not understand this attitude at all.
where there's a will there's a way
- • proverb Determination will overcome any obstacle.More example sentences
- I know it will be difficult but where there's a will there's a way.
- There would be a problem playing all those games but where there's a will there's a way.
- As they say, where there's a will there's a way, and if anything can be read into Sunday's game, and its scintillating finish, the will is certainly strong in Galway and Kerry.
with the best will in the world
- However good one’s intentions (used to imply that success in a particular undertaking is unlikely although desired).More example sentences
- Against this it must be realised that accommodation is in very short supply and, with the best will in the world, we cannot always comply with every request.
- As it stands, the police are doing a tremendous job, but with the best will in the world, they don't have the legal expertise of lawyers.
- We are working flat out with all interested parties to try to make this work, but with the best will in the world, it will not be ready by September.
with a will
- Energetically and resolutely.More example sentences
- On the following day conditions were better and everyone set about striking camp with a will.
- All had their parts to play and they did it with a will.
- Paul stops scanning the banks for signs of wildlife and paddles with a will.