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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Will \Will\, verb (used with an object) [imp. & p. p. {Willed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Willing}. Indic. present I will, thou willeth, he wills; we, ye, they will.] [Cf. AS. willian. See {Will}, noun]

1. To form a distinct volition of; to determine by an act of choice; to ordain; to decree. "What she will to do or say." --Milton.

By all law and reason, that which the Parliament will not, is no more established in this kingdom. --Milton.

Two things he [God] willeth, that we should be good, and that we should be happy. --Barrow.

2. To enjoin or command, as that which is determined by an act of volition; to direct; to order. [Obs. or R.]

They willed me say so, madam. --Shak.

Send for music, And will the cooks to use their best of cunning To please the palate. --Beau. & Fl.

As you go, will the lord mayor . . . To attend our further pleasure presently. --J. Webster.

3. 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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Willing \Will"ing\, adjective [From {Will}, verb (used with an object)]

1. Free to do or to grant; having the mind inclined; not opposed in mind; not choosing to refuse; disposed; not averse; desirous; consenting; complying; ready.

Felix, willing to show the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound. --Acts xxiv. 27.

With wearied wings and willing feet. --Milton.

[Fruit] shaken in August from the willing boughs. --Bryant.

2. Received of choice, or without reluctance; submitted to voluntarily; chosen; desired.

[They] are held, with his melodious harmony, In willing chains and sweet captivity. --Milton.

3. Spontaneous; self-moved. [R.]

No spouts of blood run willing from a tree. --Dryden.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: disposed or inclined toward; "a willing participant"; "willing helpers" [ant: {unwilling}]

2: not brought about by coercion or force; "the confession was uncoerced" [syn: {uncoerced}, {unforced}, {willing}]


1: the act of making a choice; "followed my father of my own volition" [syn: {volition}, {willing}]

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