Will, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Willed p. pr. & vb. n. Willing. Indic. present I will, thou willeth, he wills; we, ye, they will.]
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.”
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.
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.
adj 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]
3: disposed or willing to comply; "someone amenable to
persuasion"; "the spirit indeed is willing but the flesh
is weak"- Matthew 26:41 [syn: amenable, conformable]
n : the act of making a choice; "followed my father of my own
volition" [syn: volition]