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Definition of will verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they will
    he / she / it wills
    past simple willed
    -ing form willing
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  1. 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.
  2. 2will something will that… (old use) to intend or want something to happen They thought they had won the war because God had willed it.
  3. 3to formally give your property or possessions to someone after you have died, by means of a will will somebody something Joe had willed them everything he possessed. will something (to somebody) Joe had willed everything he possessed to them.
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