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Definitions of will

  1. To produce by the exercise of will; exercise volition; resolve. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  2. To bequeath by a will. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. To wish or desire; to decide upon; to intend firmly; to determine; to choose; command; direct; bequeath or give at death; as, to will one's property to one's heirs; to influence by exerting the power of determing; as, she willed him to turn around; to influence by hypnotic power. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. To determine: to be resolved to do: to command: to dispose of by will. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. To determine; resolve to do: bequeath. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  6. To be willing; to be inclined or disposed; to be pleased; to wish; to desire. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To exercise an act of volition; to choose; to decide; to determine; to decree. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To choose or decide; decree; to be willing; to wish. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. To exercise the will: to decree: (B.) to be willing. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. To be resolved; decree.-as an auxiliary verb (p.t. would) it denotes futurity or intention. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. To be desirous; have a wish; mostly in the form would. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. determine by choice; "This action was willed and intended" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  13. have in mind; "I will take the exam tomorrow" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  14. decree or ordain; "God wills our existence" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. The choice which is made; a determination or preference which results from the act or exercise of the power of choice; a volition. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. The choice or determination of one who has authority; a decree; a command; discretionary pleasure. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. Strong wish or inclination; desire; purpose. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. That which is strongly wished or desired. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. Arbitrary disposal; power to control, dispose, or determine. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. Auxiliary having no imperative or infinitive, and followed by the infinitive without to: used, together with shall, to form the simple futre tense: thus, to express simple futurity, singular, first person, I shall; second person, you will; third person, he will; piural, first person, we shall; second person, you will; third person they will: used to express determination in an arrangement exactly the opposite: used in all persons to express willingness: used in a question, in the second and third persons, according to the form expected in the answer; as, shall he? will you? etc.; often used in commands for the sake of courtesy; as, you will take this report to the coionel. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  22. Aux., pres. I will, thou wilt, he will; past, would; no past participle. A word denoting either simple futurity or futurity combined with volition according to the subject of the verb. Thus, in the first person, I (we) will, the word denotes willingness, consent, intention, or promise; and when emphasized in indicates determination or fixed purpose; as I will go, if you please; I will go at all hazards; I will have it in spite of him. In the second and third persons will expresses only a simple future or certainty, the idea of volition, purpose, or wish being lost; thus, "you will go," or "he will go," indicates a future event only. The second person may also be used as a polite command; as, you will be sure to do as I have told you. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  23. To determine; to decide in the mind that something shall be done or forborne; to command; to direct; to wish; to desire; to disposo of estate and effects by testament; an auxiliary verb, and a sign of the future tense, admitting of different significations in the different persons. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. To determine; to direct; to choose; to enjoin; to dispose of by will or testament. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  25. A defective verb used along with another verb to express future time; in the first person, will promises or expresses fixed purpose or determination, as "I will eat"; in the second and third, will simply foretells, as, "thou wilt eat," "he will eat. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  26. a legal document declaring a person's wishes regarding the disposal of their property when they die Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  27. a fixed and persistent intent or purpose; "where there's a will there's a way" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  28. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. To form a distinct volition of; to determine by an act of choice; to ordain; to decree. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. To enjoin or command, as that which is determined by an act of volition; to direct; to order. Webster Dictionary DB
  32. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. A document in which you specify what is to be done with your property when you die and name your executor. You can also use your will to name a guardian for your young children.
  34. The power of the mind by which one chooses or determines; as, if you exert your will, you can do it; determination; choice; desire; as, he acted against his will; a determination by an authority; hence, a command; as he did his master's will: a legal document disposing of one's property at death. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  35. Power of choosing or determining: choice or determination: pleasure: command: arbitrary disposal: feeling towards, as in good or ill will: disposition of one's effects at death: the written document containing such. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  36. As regards will in questions, Mr. R. Grant White lays down the following rules: "Will is never to be used as a question with the first person; as, will I go? A man cannot ask if he wills to do anything that he must know and only he knows. As a question, will in the second person asks the intention of the person addressed; as, will you go to-morrow? that is, Do you mean to go to-morrow? As a question, will in the third person asks what is to be the future action of the person spoken of, with a necessary reference to intension; as, will he go? that is, Is he going? Does he mean to go and is his going sure? Simple futurity with the first person is appropriately expressed by shall. Among inaccurate speakers and writers, especially in Scotland, Ireland, and in some parts of the United States, there is some confusion in the use of shall and will; thus will improperly takes the place of shall in such frequently used phrases as, I will be obliged to you, "we will be at a loss," "I will be much gratified," and so on. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  37. Would stands in the same relation to will that should does to shall. Thus would is seldom or never a preterite indicative pure and simple, being mainly employed in subjunctive, conditional, or optative senses, in the latter case having often the functions and force of an independent verb; as, (a) conditional or subjunctive, "he would do it if he could;" "he could do it if, he would;" "they would have gone had they been permitted." Here it will be seen would refers to the present only, the past being expressed by would have. In such sentences as "He was mistaken it would seem," or "it would appear"-in which should is sometimes used-would retains almost nothing of conditionality, having merely the effect of softening a direct statement. (Mr. R. Grant White regards "it should seem" as the normal expression, though he quotes “it would appearfrom good English writers. He himself writes: “It would seem that a man of Mr. Lowe's general intelligence should know," etc. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  38. Everyday English, chap. xiii.) (b) Optative; "I would that I were young again." In this use the personal pronoun is often omitted. "Would to God we had died in Egypt."-Ex. xvi.3. "Would God I had died for thee, O Absalom."-2. Sam. xviii. 3. "Would thou wert as I am."-Shak. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  39. Would most nearly has the force of a simple past indicative in such sentences as, "he would go and you see what has happened;" but this implies farther that he did actually go or at least set out, and the would is here emphatic. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  40. Would is also used to express a habit or custom, as if it implied a habitual exercise of will; as, she would weep all day; every other day he would fly into a passion. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  41. Will and would were formerly often used with adverbs and prepositional phrases to express motion or change of place, where modern usage would require will go, would go, or the like. "Now I will away;" "I'll to my books;" "he is very sick and would to bed;" "there were wit in this head, and 'twould out."-Shak. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  42. The power of choosing or determining; choice; determination: disposition of effects at death; testament. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  43. The power of willing; also, a choice; volition; purpose. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  44. Energy of character; resolution; determination. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  45. A document by which one provides for the disposition of his property after his death. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  46. That faculty of the mind by which we determine either to do or forbear to do; the faculty which is exercised in deciding, among two or more objects, which we shall embrace or pursue, or the power of self-determination and self-conduct; the act of willing; choice; determination; discretion; pleasure; command; direction; disposition; inclination; desire; power; divine determination; moral purpose or counsel; arbitrary disposal; the disposition of a man's estate, to take effect after his death. Good-will, favour; kindness. Ill-will, enmity; unfriendliness. To have one's will, to obtain what is desired. At will, at the will or mere pleasure of another. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  47. The power of determining or choosing; discretion; power; of determining or choosing; discretion; power; pleasure; inclination; intention; that which is wished or desired; a formal declaration in writin of what a person desires to be done with his real or personal estate after death; the written document containing such instruction. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  48. To wish; to desire; to incline to have. Webster Dictionary DB
  49. Would. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  50. Willed. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.

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Usage examples for will

  1. No, no, I will not! – The Lion and the Mouse A Story of an American Life by Charles Klein
  2. Do this for me, will you? – The Port of Adventure by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
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