- 1to use the power of your mind to do something or to make something happen will something As a child he had thought he could fly, if he willed it enough. will somebody/something to do something She willed her eyes to stay open. He willed himself not to panic.
- 2will something | will that… (old use) to intend or want something to happen They thought they had been victorious in battle because God had willed it.
- 3to formally give your property or possessions to somebody after you have died, by means of a will (3) will somebody something Joe had willed them everything he possessed. will something (to somebody) Joe had willed everything he possessed to them. Word Originverb Old English willa (noun), willian (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch wil, German Wille (nouns), also to the modal verb will and the adverb well.
BrE BrE//wɪl//; NAmE NAmE//wɪl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they will
BrE BrE//wɪl//; NAmE NAmE//wɪl//he / she / it wills
BrE BrE//wɪlz//; NAmE NAmE//wɪlz//past simple willed
BrE BrE//wɪld//; NAmE NAmE//wɪld//past participle willed
BrE BrE//wɪld//; NAmE NAmE//wɪld//-ing form willing
BrE BrE//ˈwɪlɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪlɪŋ//