Definitions of will

  1. leave or give by will after one's death; " My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry"; " My grandfather left me his entire estate"
  2. be going to; indicates futurity
  3. a legal document declaring a person's wishes regarding the disposal of their property when they die
  4. the capability of conscious choice and decision and intention; " the exercise of their volition we construe as revolt"- George Meredith
  5. a fixed and persistent intent or purpose; " where there's a will there's a way"
  6. determine by choice; " This action was willed and intended"
  7. have in mind; " I will take the exam tomorrow"
  8. decree or ordain; " God wills our existence"
  9. 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.
  10. The choice which is made; a determination or preference which results from the act or exercise of the power of choice; a volition.
  11. The choice or determination of one who has authority; a decree; a command; discretionary pleasure.
  12. Strong wish or inclination; desire; purpose.
  13. That which is strongly wished or desired.
  14. Arbitrary disposal; power to control, dispose, or determine.
  15. 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.
  16. To wish; to desire; to incline to have.
  17. 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.
  18. To be willing; to be inclined or disposed; to be pleased; to wish; to desire.
  19. To form a distinct volition of; to determine by an act of choice; to ordain; to decree.
  20. To enjoin or command, as that which is determined by an act of volition; to direct; to order.
  21. 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.
  22. To exercise an act of volition; to choose; to decide; to determine; to decree.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. To choose or decide; decree; to be willing; to wish.
  28. Would.
  29. Willed.
  30. 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.
  31. To exercise the will: to decree: ( B.) to be willing.
  32. To determine: to be resolved to do: to command: to dispose of by will.
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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 quotesit would appearfrom good English writers. He himself writes: “ It would seem that a man of Mr. Lowe's general intelligence should know," etc.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. 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.
  40. The power of choosing or determining; choice; determination: disposition of effects at death; testament.
  41. To be resolved; decree.- as an auxiliary verb ( p. t. would) it denotes futurity or intention.
  42. To determine; resolve to do: bequeath.
  43. To be desirous; have a wish; mostly in the form would.
  44. As an auxiliary verb, in the first person a sign of purpose, and in the second and third persons, of futurity. See SHALL.
  45. To produce by the exercise of will; exercise volition; resolve.
  46. To bequeath by a will.
  47. The power of willing; also, a choice; volition; purpose.
  48. Energy of character; resolution; determination.
  49. A document by which one provides for the disposition of his property after his death.
  50. 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.
  51. 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.
  52. 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.
  53. To determine; to direct; to choose; to enjoin; to dispose of by will or testament.
  54. 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.

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
  3. Do you mean that he will take her away? – The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins
  4. I hope he will let me go. – The Story of Wool by Sara Ware Bassett
  5. He will know what to do for you. – The Huntress by Hulbert Footner
  6. You will go, child. – Unknown to History A Story of the Captivity of Mary of Scotland by Charlotte M. Yonge
  7. They could, but will they? – A Preface to Politics by Walter Lippmann
  8. Will you let them go?" – The Doctor A Tale Of The Rockies by Ralph Connor
  9. I think one will do. – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  10. " Will you then ... – Bertha Garlan by Arthur Schnitzler
  11. I will be with you. – Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
  12. O'Flynn, will you go? – The Magnetic North by Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  13. Duane, she will not. – The Danger Mark by Robert W. Chambers
  14. That will I never do. – Audrey by Mary Johnston
  15. And what will Fleda do? – Queechy, Volume II by Elizabeth Wetherell
  16. And I am sure that she will. – San-Cravate; or, The Messengers; Little Streams by Charles Paul de Kock
  17. And what will it mean? – The King's Mirror by Anthony Hope
  18. " At least, I will be in the morning- first thing. – The Rayner-Slade Amalgamation by J. S. Fletcher
  19. Nobody else will do. – The End of a Coil by Susan Warner
  20. I am sure that you will be good to him. – An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope