Definition of will noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//wɪl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɪl//
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  1. 1  [countable, uncountable] the ability to control your thoughts and actions in order to achieve what you want to do; a feeling of strong determination to do something that you want to do to have a strong will to have an iron will/a will of iron Her decision to continue shows great strength of will. In spite of what happened, he never lost the will to live. The meeting turned out to be a clash of wills. She always wants to impose her will on other people (= to get what she wants). see also free will, willpower
  2. 2  [singular] what somebody wants to happen in a particular situation I don't want to go against your will. (formal) It is God's will. They governed according to the will of the people.
  3. 3  (also testament) [countable] a legal document that says what is to happen to somebody’s money and property after they die I ought to make a will. My father left me the house in his will. see also living will See related entries: Legal documents
  4. 4-willed (in adjectives) having the type of will mentioned a strong-willed young woman weak-willed greedy people
  5. Word Originnoun 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.Extra examples Have you made your will? His lawyer drew up the will. His unassuming manner concealed an iron will. I was driven by the pure will to survive. Is that the general will, that we keep the present voting arrangements? It requires an act of will to make myself go running in the morning. Much against my will, I let him go. My aunt remembered me in her will. My father didn’t want me to leave home, and I didn’t like to go against his will. Remarriage would revoke all previous wills. She bears them no ill will. She believes employers should have the right to hire and fire at will. She gradually regained the will to live. She has a very strong will. She left me some money in her will. She left no will and was unmarried. She left of her own free will. She usually manages to impose her will on the rest of the group. She was moved when her neighbour remembered her in his will. She’s lost the will to try and change things. Some things cannot be given away by will. The family decided to contest the will in court. The government lacked the political will to reform the tax system. The meeting turned out to be a clash of wills. They succeeded in getting the will overturned. They were taught to obey their father’s will without question. Two people must witness your signature or your will is not valid. Under her father’s will, she gets $5 000 a year. With a great effort of will he resisted her pleas. her indomitable will to win I don’t want to go against your will. the collective/​general/​majority/​national/​popular/​public willIdioms  when you do not want to I was forced to sign the agreement against my will. whenever or wherever you like They were able to come and go at will.
    where there’s a will there’s a way
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    (saying) if you really want to do something then you will find a way of doing it
    with the best will in the world
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    used to say that you cannot do something, even though you really want to With the best will in the world I could not describe him as a good father.
    in a willing and enthusiastic way They set to work with a will.
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