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Will - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'Will' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Will [ adv.]
- To wish; to desire; to incline to have.
- As an auxiliary, will is used to denote futurity dependent on the verb. Thus, in first person, "I will" denotes willingness, consent, promise; and when "will" is emphasized, it denotes determination or fixed purpose; as, I will go if you wish; I will go at all hazards. In the second and third persons, the idea of distinct volition, wish, or purpose is evanescent, and simple certainty is appropriately expressed; as, "You will go," or "He will go," describes a future event as a fact only. To emphasize will denotes (according to the tone or context) certain futurity or fixed determination.
2 . Will [ n.]
- To form a distinct volition of; to determine by an act of choice; to ordain; to decree.
- To enjoin or command, as that which is determined by an act of volition; to direct; to order.
- To give or direct the disposal of by testament; to bequeath; to devise; as, to will one's estate to a child; also, to order or direct by testament; as, he willed that his nephew should have his watch.
3 . Will [ v.]
- The power of choosing; the faculty or endowment of the soul by which it is capable of choosing; the faculty or power of the mind by which we decide to do or not to do; the power or faculty of preferring or selecting one of two or more objects.
- The choice which is made; a determination or preference which results from the act or exercise of the power of choice; a volition.
- The choice or determination of one who has authority; a decree; a command; discretionary pleasure.
- Strong wish or inclination; desire; purpose.
- That which is strongly wished or desired.
- Arbitrary disposal; power to control, dispose, or determine.
- The legal declaration of a person's mind as to the manner in which he would have his property or estate disposed of after his death; the written instrument, legally executed, by which a man makes disposition of his estate, to take effect after his death; testament; devise. See the Note under Testament, 1.
4 . Will [ v. i.]
- To be willing; to be inclined or disposed; to be pleased; to wish; to desire.
- To exercise an act of volition; to choose; to decide; to determine; to decree.

Meaning of 'Will' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . will [ n]
Meaning (1):
- the capability of conscious choice and decision and intention
Example in sentence:
  • the exercise of their volition we construe as revolt
Meaning (2):
- a fixed and persistent intent or purpose
Example in sentence:
  • where there's a will there's a way
3 . will [ v]
Meaning (3):
- decree or ordain
Example in sentence:
  • God wills our existence
Meaning (4):
- leave or give by will after one's death
Example in sentence:
  • My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry;
  • My grandfather left me his entire estate
Meaning (5):
- determine by choice
Example in sentence:
  • This action was willed and intended