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.   Voluntary activity without external compulsion
  25.   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
  26.   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
  27.   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
  28.   To choose or decide decree to be willing to wish
  29.   Would
  30.   Willed
  31.   Willing
  32.   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
  33.   To exercise the will to decree B to be willing
  34.   To determine to be resolved to do to command to dispose of by will
  35.   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
  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
  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 appear from good English writers He himself writes It would seem that a man of Mr Lowe's general intelligence should know etc
  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
  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
  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
  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
  42.   What may be called a similar elliptical usage occurs in such phrases as what would you where present usage would supply have or do
  43.   The power of choosing or determining choice determination disposition of effects at death testament
  44.   To be resolved decree as an auxiliary verb p t would it denotes futurity or intention
  45.   To determine resolve to do bequeath
  46.   To be desirous have a wish mostly in the form would
  47.   As an auxiliary verb in the first person a sign of purpose and in the second and third persons of futurity See SHALL
  48.   To produce by the exercise of will exercise volition resolve
  49.   To bequeath by a will
  50.   The power of willing also a choice volition purpose
  51.   Energy of character resolution determination
  52.   A document by which one provides for the disposition of his property after his death
  53.   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
  54.   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
  55.   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
  56.   To determine to direct to choose to enjoin to dispose of by will or testament
  57.   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

Quotes of will

  1. This was Shakespeare's form who walked in every path of human life felt every passion and to all mankind doth now will ever that experience yield which his own genius only could acquire – Mark Akenside
  2. There are many members of parliament present here who know as well as I do that if a man has not already been converted it will require a great deal more than a letter of appeal to achieve conversion – Fredrik Bajer
  3. The voice will guide you -will tell you what to do In order to do that you must be quite sensitive with the instrument and accept this daily conversation with your voice – Cecilia Bartoli
  4. The river flows at its own sweet will but the flood is bound in the two banks If it were not thus bound its freedom would be wasted – Vinoba Bhave
  5. I think England will win a Test My concern is Australia will probably win two – Geoffrey Boycott
  6. The one thing about Billie is he will snap and rip your head off if you point anything out at all other than how beautiful he is and how nice he looks today – Tre Cool
  7. Within a few weeks the organization for the maintenance of international peace and security established by the San Francisco Charter will be formally launched through the convocation of the first General Assembly of the United Nations – Cordell Hull
  8. The more liberty you give away the more you will have – Robert Green Ingersoll
  9. I am a hidden meaning made to defy The grasp of words and walk away With free will and destiny As living revolutionary clay – Muhammad Iqbal
  10. I am a genius who has written poems that will survive with the best of Shakespeare Wordsworth and Keats – Irving Layton
  11. I hope no one will think of sending me to Pearl Harbor – Charles A. Lockwood
  12. I know I'm happy and can't wait to see where my career will go next This isn't the end for any of us I can understand why they are upset but I want them to move forward and look for the future – LaToya London
  13. Economically unfair trade will benefit nobody in the long run as poorer countries will be bled totally dry and will become unable to produce anything – Chris Martin
  14. Once the return tide starts it will be impossible to stem it and it will prove our undoing – Moshe Sharett
  15. The future condition of the conquered power depends on the will of the conquerer – Thaddeus Stevens

Usage examples for will

  1. Will you then – Bertha Garlan by Arthur Schnitzler
  2. And I am sure that she will – San-Cravate; or, The Messengers; Little Streams by Charles Paul de Kock
  3. “ I will be with you – Orley Farm by Anthony Trollope
  4. And what will it mean – The King's Mirror by Anthony Hope
  5. That will I never do – Audrey by Mary Johnston
  6. “ Duane she will not – The Danger Mark by Robert W. Chambers
  7. Do this for me will you – The Port of Adventure by Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  8. At least I will be in the morning first thing – The Rayner-Slade Amalgamation by J. S. Fletcher
  9. “ O'Flynn will you go – The Magnetic North by Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  10. They could but will they – A Preface to Politics by Walter Lippmann
  11. And what will Fleda do – Queechy, Volume II by Elizabeth Wetherell
  12. He will know what to do for you – The Huntress by Hulbert Footner
  13. Will you let them go – The Doctor A Tale Of The Rockies by Ralph Connor
  14. “ No no I will not – The Lion and the Mouse A Story of an American Life by Charles Klein
  15. Nobody else will do – The End of a Coil by Susan Warner
  16. “ I think one will do – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  17. You will go child – Unknown to History A Story of the Captivity of Mary of Scotland by Charlotte M. Yonge
  18. Do you mean that he will take her away – The New Magdalen by Wilkie Collins
  19. “ I hope he will let me go – The Story of Wool by Sara Ware Bassett
  20. “ I am sure that you will be good to him – An Eye for an Eye by Anthony Trollope

Rhymes for will