American English

Definition of willing adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[not usually before noun] willing (to do something) not objecting to doing something; having no reason for not doing something They keep a list of people (who are) willing to work nights. I'm perfectly willing to discuss the problem. Would you be willing to help me with my essay? Unemployment can be defined as the number of people who are willing and able to work, but who cannot find jobs.
  2. 2[usually before noun] ready or pleased to help and not needing to be persuaded; done or given in an enthusiastic way willing helpers/volunteers willing support She's very willing. Willing hands pulled him to safety. opposite unwilling
adverb People would willingly pay more for better services. I would never willingly upset you. “Will you help me?” “Willingly.”
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noun [uncountable, singular] Success in studying depends on a willingness to learn.
God willing (informal)
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2used to say that you hope that things will happen as you have planned and that there will be no problems I'll be back next week, God willing.
ready, willing, and able
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3capable of doing something and very willing to act Are you ready, willing, and able to work?
the spirit is willing (but the flesh is weak) (humorous) (saying)
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4you intend to do good things but you are too lazy, weak, or busy to actually do them
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: willing