American English

Definition of will noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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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 someone 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 someone'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
  4. 4-willed (in adjectives) having the type of will mentioned a strong-willed young woman weak-willed greedy people
  5. Idioms
    against your will
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    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.
    something has a will of its own
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    used to say that something can move or act in ways that we cannot control Mother Nature has a will of its own.
    where there's a will there's a way (saying)
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    if you really want to do something then you will find a way of doing it
    with a will
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    in a willing and enthusiastic way They set to work with a will.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: will