• "'We will see where this rat came from.'"
    "'We will see where this rat came from.'"
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v will determine by choice "This action was willed and intended"
    • v will decree or ordain "God wills our existence"
    • v will leave or give by will after one's death "My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry","My grandfather left me his entire estate"
    • n will the capability of conscious choice and decision and intention "the exercise of their volition we construe as revolt"- George Meredith"
    • n will a fixed and persistent intent or purpose "where there's a will there's a way"
    • n will a legal document declaring a person's wishes regarding the disposal of their property when they die
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"'I will take care of Boh.'" "'I will take care of Boh.'"
"'Be off, or I will have you locked up!'" "'Be off, or I will have you locked up!'"
"Jack worked with a will." "Jack worked with a will."
"'I will add this too, lady,' said the pedlar." "'I will add this too, lady,' said the pedlar."
Emily repairs Will's trousers Emily repairs Will's trousers
It Will Cost Us Fifty Dollars and Costs It Will Cost Us Fifty Dollars and Costs
"Will you Mind my Pea?" "Will you Mind my Pea?"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: For every 230 cars that are made, 1 will be stolen.
    • Will Arbitrary disposal; power to control, dispose, or determine. "Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies."
    • Will 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.
    • Will Strong wish or inclination; desire; purpose.
    • Will That which is strongly wished or desired. "What's your will , good friar?""The mariner hath his will ."
    • Will The choice or determination of one who has authority; a decree; a command; discretionary pleasure. "Thy will be done.""Our prayers should be according to the will of God."
    • Will The choice which is made; a determination or preference which results from the act or exercise of the power of choice; a volition. "The word “will,” however, is not always used in this its proper acceptation, but is frequently substituted for “volition”, as when I say that my hand mover in obedience to my will ."
    • Will (Law) 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.
    • Will 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. "It is necessary to form a distinct notion of what is meant by the word “volition” in order to understand the import of the word will , for this last word expresses the power of mind of which “volition” is the act.""Will is an ambiguous word, being sometimes put for the faculty of willing; sometimes for the act of that faculty, besides [having] other meanings. But “volition” always signifies the act of willing, and nothing else.""Appetite is the will's solicitor, and the will is appetite's controller; what we covet according to the one, by the other we often reject.""The will is plainly that by which the mind chooses anything."
    • v. i Will To be willing; to be inclined or disposed; to be pleased; to wish; to desire.☞ This word has been confused with will, v. i., to choose, which, unlike this, is of the weak conjugation. "And behold, there came a leper and worshiped him, saying, Lord if thou wilt , thou canst make me clean. And Jesus . . . touched him, saying, I will ; be thou clean."
    • Will To enjoin or command, as that which is determined by an act of volition; to direct; to order. "They willed me say so, madam.""Send for music,
      And will the cooks to use their best of cunning To please the palate."
      "As you go, will the lord mayor . . . To attend our further pleasure presently."
    • v. i Will To exercise an act of volition; to choose; to decide; to determine; to decree. "At Winchester he lies, so himself willed .""He that shall turn his thoughts inward upon what passes in his own mind when he wills .""I contend for liberty as it signifies a power in man to do as he wills or pleases."
    • Will 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.""Two things he [God willeth , that we should be good, and that we should be happy."
    • Will 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.
    • Will To wish; to desire; to incline to have. "A wife as of herself no thing ne sholde [should Wille in effect, but as her husband wolde would].""Caleb said unto her, What will thou ?""They would none of my counsel."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In America you will see an average of 500 advertisements a day.
    • n will An abbreviation of the personal name William.
    • will A As an independent verb.
    • will To wish; desire; want; be willing to have (a certain thing done): now chiefly used in the subjunctive (optative) preterit form would governing a clause: as, I would that the day were at hand. When in the first person the subject is frequently omitted: as, would that ye had listened to us!
    • will Would in optative expressions is often followed by a dative, with or without to, noting the person or power by whom the wish may be fulfilled: hence the phrases would (to) God, would (to) heaven, etc.
    • will To have a wish or desire; be willing.
    • will B. As an auxiliary, followed by an infinitive without to.
    • will To wish, want, like, or agree (to do, etc.); to be (am, is, are, was, etc.) willing (to do, etc.): noting desire, preference, consent, or, negatively, refusal.
    • will To be (am, is, are, etc.) determined (to do, etc.): said when one insists on or persists in being or doing something; hence, must, as a matter of will or pertinacity; do (emphatic auxiliary) from choice, wilfulness, determination, or persistence.
    • will To make (it) a habit or practice (to do, etc.); be (am, is, are, etc.) accustomed (to do, etc.); do usually: noting frequent or customary action.
    • will To be (am, is, are, etc.) sure (to do, etc.); do undoubtedly, inevitably, or of necessity; ought or have (to do, etc.); must: used in incontrovertible or general statements, and often, especially in provincial use, forming a verbphrase signifying no more than the simple verb: as, I'm thinking this will be (that is, this is) your daughter.
    • will To be (am, is, are, etc.) ready or about (to do, etc.): said of one on the point of doing something not necessarily accomplished.
    • will In future and conditional constructions, to be (am, is, are, etc.) (to do, etc.): in general noting in the first person a promise or determination, and in the second and third mere assertion of a future occurrence without reference to the will of the subject, other verb-phrases being compounded with the auxiliary shall. For a more detailed discrimination between will and shall, see shall, B., 2.
    • will In such constructions will is sometimes found where precision would require shall. See shall, B., final note.
    • will [Would is often used for will in order to avoid a dogmatic style or to soften blunt or harsh assertions, questions, etc.
    • will In all its senses the auxiliary will may be used with an ellipsis of the following infinitive.
    • n will Wish; desire; pleasure; inclination; choice.
    • n will That which is wished for or desired; express wish; purpose; determination.
    • n will Wish; request; command.
    • n will Expressed wish with regard to the disposal of one's property, or the like, after death; the document containing such expression of one's wishes; especially, in law, the legal declaration of a person's intentions, to take effect after his death. The essential distinction between a will and any other instrument or provision contingent upon death is that a will has no effect whatever until death, and may be freely revoked meanwhile; but a deed which may create or convey an estate in the event of death must take effect as binding the grantor in his life-time. In English law the word will was originally used only of a disposition of real property to take effect at death, the word testament being then used, as in the Roman and civil law, of a disposition of personal property; hence the phrase, now redundant, last will and testament. In modern usage the term will does not necessarily imply an actual disposition of property; for an instrument, executed with the formalities required by law, in which the testator merely appoints a guardian for his child, or merely nominates an executor, leaving the assets to be distributed by the executor among those who would take by law, is a will. In respect of form, that which distinguishes a written will from other instruments consists in the ceremonies which the law requires for a valid execution, for the sake of guarding against mistake, fraud, and undue influence. Nuncupative wills, however, are not subject to these rules. These formalities are generally four:
    • n will Discretion; free or arbitrary disposal; sufferance; mercy.
    • n will The faculty of conscious, and especially of deliberate, action. The will should not be confnsed (as it is, however, by different writers) with self-control, desire, choice, or attention, although the first and last of these are special modes of volition. Nor is “willing” a table to move automatically across a room an act of will; for experiment shows that effort of this kind, however strenuous, fails to cause even the willer's own hand or foot to move. Normally, the consciousness of action is merged in sensations coming from the member moved; but in cases of anæsthesia the agent is still aware of being in action, and even more or less of what he is doing. This consciousness always involves a sense of opposition, whether in the form of a struggle or of a triumph, or in the negative aspect of a sense of freedom. (See freedom of the will, below.) We are always aware of some resistance, be it only the inertia of our limbs. Willing thus essentially involves perceptive sensation, the reflexio of Thomas Aquinas. (See reflection, 7.) When the real object with which we are in relation is studied with reference to the predicates attributed to it by the senses, the result is experience; but when the predicates we are inwardly inclined to attach to it are studied out, the operation is deliberation, terminating in choice, and commonly followed by acts of will. This cognitive process is the necessary condition of self-control. By a “strong will” is sometimes, and perhaps most correctly, meant great self-control; but more usually a power of bearing down the wills of others by tiring them out and by a domination like hypnotism is intended.
    • n will The act of willing; the act of determining a choice or forming a purpose; volition.
    • n will At pleasure; at discretion. To hold an estate at the will of another is to enjoy the possession at his pleasure, and be liable to be ousted at any time by the lessor or proprietor. See estate at will, under estate.
    • n will Especially— A testamentary act by two persons jointly uniting in the same instrument, as their will, to take effect after the death of both.
    • n will A similar instrument to take effect as to each on his or her death. These two classes are more properly termed joint or conjoint.
    • n will Wills made in connection by two persons pursuant to a compact, binding each to the other to make the dispositions of property thus declared.
    • n will Wills made to bequeath the effects of the one first dying to the survivor. These two classes, and particularly the last, are more appropriately termed mutual. The legal effect of such wills is often a matter of doubt.
    • n will The power of doing right on all occasions.
    • n will That freedom of which we have an immediate consciousness in action. This is, however, only the consciousness of being able to overcome some unspecified resistance to some unspecified extent, which implies and is implied in the fact of resistance, and is in fact but an aspect of the sense of action and reaction.
    • n will The power of acting from an inward spontaneity, not altogether dominated by motives. This is what most of the metaphysical advocates of the freedom of the will specifically contend for. It is a limitation of the action of causality, even in the material world. Some would restrict the spontaneous power of the mind to making particles swerve without variation of their vis viva; but this is untenable, since the law of action and reaction, which would thus be vitiated, is far more securely proved than that of the conservation of energy, the evidence for which is imperfect, while the objections to it are weighty. It is contended on the one hand that such spontaneity is an indispensable condition of moral action; and on the other that, if it exists, it has no direct reference to morality except this that, so far as a being is spontaneous in this sense, he is free from the moral law as well as from that of causation, and that there is neither sense nor justice in holding him responsible for mere sporadic effects of pure non-cause. Responsibility, it is argued, ought to imply that a man's conduct can be regulated by principles as efficient causes, and is not free from the influence of causation.
    • n will Sincerity; right intention.
    • will To wish; desire.
    • will To communicate or express a wish to; desire; request; direct; tell; bid; order; command.
    • will To determine by act of choice; decide; decree; ordain; hence, to intend; purpose.
    • will To dispose of by will or testament; give as a legacy; bequeath: as, he willed the farm to his nephew.
    • will To bring under the influence or control of the will of another; subject to the power of another's will.
    • will To wish; desire; prefer; resolve; determine; decree.
    • will To exercise the will.
    • will Astray; wrong; at a loss; bewildered.
    • will To wander; go astray; be lost, at a loss, or bewildered.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The average person's hair will grow approximately 590 inches in a lifetime.
    • n Will wil power of choosing or determining: volition: 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
    • v.i Will to have a wish, desire: to resolve, be resolved: to be accustomed, certain, ready, or sure (to do, &c.)—used as an auxiliary, esp. in future constructions: to exercise the will: to decree:
    • v.t Will to wish, desire: to determine: to be resolved to do: to command: to dispose of by will: to subject to another's will, as in hypnotism:—pa.t. would
    • v.i Will (B.) to be willing
    • ***


  • The Koran
    The Koran
    “What God writes on your forehead you will become.”
  • Robert H. Schuller
    “Build a dream and the dream will build you.”
  • James Stephens
    James Stephens
    “Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will.”
  • Sallust
    “He that will be angry for anything will be angry for nothing.”
  • Proverb
    “Follow love and it will flee, flee love and it will follow.”
  • Arthur Rubinstein
    Arthur Rubinstein
    “Love life and life will love you back. Love people and they will love you back.”


Barkus is willing - This idiom means that someone is willing to get married.
Black will take no other hue - Evil can take many disguises but it is always black (evil).
Boys will be boys - Boys will be boys means that boys, or men, will behave in certain ways, often noisily or irresponsibily.
Heads will roll - If heads will roll, people will be punished or sacked for something that has gone wrong.
If you lie down with dogs, you will get up with fleas - This means that if you become involved with bad company, there will be negative consequences.
If you lie down with the Devil, you will wake up in hell - This means that if you become involved with bad company, there will be negative consequences.
If you will - 'If you will' is used as a way of making a concession in a sentence: He wasn't a very honest person, a liar if you will. Here, it is used a way of accepting that the reader or listener might think of the person as a liar, but without commit the writer or speaker to that position fully.
Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves - (UK) If you look after the pennies, the pounds will look after themselves, meaning that if someone takes care not to waste small amounts of money, they will accumulate capital. ('Look after the pence and the pounds will look after themselves' is an alternative form of this idiom.)
Lord willing and the creek don't rise - Pertains to the ability to accomplish a task or meet an obligation, barring unforseen complications. Example: "I will be at work tomorrow, Lord willing and the creek don't rise."
Murder will out - This idiom means that bad deeds can't be kept secret forever.
None so blind as those who will not see - This idiom is used when people refuse to accept facts presented to them. ('None so deaf as those who will not hear' is an alternative.)
Spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak - If the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak, someone lacks the willpower to change things they do because they derive too much pleasure from them.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me - To be resistant to criticism. This is often said to young children upset over the fact that another child called them something that they did not like.
That and 50 cents will buy you a cup of coffee - (USA) This is used to describe something that is deemed worthless. "He's got a Ph.D. in Philosophy." "So? That and 50 cents will buy you a cup of coffee."
Truth will out - Truth will out means that, given time, the facts of a case will emerge no matter how people might try to conceal them.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. willen, imp. wolde,; akin to OS. willan, OFries. willa, D. willen, G. wollen, OHG. wollan, wellan, Icel. & Sw. vilja, Dan. ville, Goth. wiljan, OSlav. voliti, L. velle, to wish, volo, I wish; cf. Skr. vṛ, to choose, to prefer. Cf. Voluntary Welcome Well (adv.)


In literature:

The weight will be lifted off, I'm sure it will.
"Janet's Love and Service" by Margaret M Robertson
Their hearts will be ennobled, and God will bless them.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
They must go; and we will not hinder them; but they will soon be back, will not they?
"The Hour and the Man" by Harriet Martineau
You will know it in time, though your first acquaintance will probably be with her voice.
"Deerbrook" by Harriet Martineau
You know well enough they will be hung, and more than that, they will be a success.
"A Girl of the Commune" by George Alfred Henty
I will show you my prizes by and by, and they will speak for themselves.
"Fairy Fingers" by Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
Rust and verdigris will have done their work upon the coin; the inscription will be obliterated and the image will be marred.
"Expositions of Holy Scripture" by Alexander Maclaren
What she will not tell, others will guess.
"Allison Bain" by Margaret Murray Robertson
I will go to work to-morrow, and will send you, please God, an article by Tuesday's post, which you will get on Wednesday forenoon.
"The Letters of Charles Dickens" by Charles Dickens
If you will go on with the dog, I will lie down here and will bring you as many rabbits as I can carry.
"Condemned as a Nihilist" by George Alfred Henty

In poetry:

I will work all day,
For the Lord hath come;
Down my head will lay
All night, glad and dumb.
"Antiphon" by George MacDonald
God will hear you, child,
If you will speak to him. But I must go.
Kiss me, my Lilia.
"Within and Without: Part III: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald
I will complain, yet praise;
I will bewail, approve;
And all my sowre-sweet dayes
I will lament, and love.
"Bitter-Sweet" by George Herbert
If it be night, the moonlight will wander winsomely with us,
If it be hour of dawn, all heaven will bloom,
If it be sunset, it's glow will enfold and pursue us.
To the remotest valley of purple gloom.
"Among the Pines" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The sun will shine in your face and mine,
And the wind will bring me word,
And you and I will know all day
That our hearts are strangely stirred—
Just now I almost saw your face,
And when you spoke I heard.
"In a Christmas Letter" by Sarah Orne Jewett
"Oh, never mair, bonnie lassie, will I gang and leave thee!
Never mair, bonnie lassie, will I gang and leave thee;
Never mair, bonnie lassie, will I gang and leave thee;
E'en let the world gang as it will, I 'll stay at hame and cheer ye."
"Dinna Think, Bonnie Lassie" by Hector MacNeill

In news:

Chelsea McBee and the Random Assortment will bring rootsy music to Williamsport at 8 pm May 6 at the Bullfrog Brewery, 229 W Fourth St. McBee's honest twang and hitting lyrics will charm the dance right out of the audience.
He will bring them shattered glass, and they will love him for it.
0 Coach Jim Mora and UCLA fans will have to wait to find out game times and what networks will carry the football games this season.
Malawi President Joyce Banda announced that she will take a 30 percent pay cut to show that she will sacrifice personally as part of her government's austerity measures.
Major League Baseball today will announce that its latest ballpark will be made for TV.
Dimond and Wasilla will play at 2 pm and Service will meet Kenai at 6 p.m.
Eric Hansen will lead the men's team while Chuck Batchelor will be the head coach of the women's team.
The winner of The Intern Challenge will be chosen on August 17th and will get a $2,500 scholarship, a paid internship through the YMCA and that person will be the spokesperson for the Y in Rockford.
This will be the first holiday Draya will get to spend with her biological family, but there will be many more to come.
If it gets enough likes, the small business logo will be entered in Teeology's big leagues, where people from all over America will visit the T-shirt company's website and will vote on the logo .
The Lenox Lounge , which opened in 1942, will close on December 31 and will reopen next year under a new owner, worrying regulars who feel it will lose its appeal.
Shoppers, mall officials and business owners alike say what will ultimately decide where the public will spend its money this season will depend on what each individual shopper wants.
Assuming new quarterback Jason Campbell will start in Oakland, it will mean the team will have a new opening day starting quarterback for the sixth time in seven years.
So there will be a Democrat in the White House, Republicans will control the US House of Representatives, and Democrats will run the US Senate.
College students will be spared tuition increases, thousands of classes will be restored, and younger students will avoid a shorter school year, they say.

In science:

If L . 1/(2vG(V )), then in the localized phase when v ≪ vc the polymer will be confined to a single well and will appear compact, even though it will not remain so for large L.
Localization of Polymers in Random Media: Analogy with Quantum Particles in Disorder
In this particular case we will denote the algebra A◮◭ B by A#H #B (the elements will be written a#h#b, a ∈ A, h ∈ H , b ∈ B ) and will call it the two-sided smash product.
Generalized diagonal crossed products and smash products for quasi-Hopf algebras. Applications
This will mean that g−1 ◦ f will be supported in the interior of B c , and since int(B c ) ∈ B , g−1 ◦ f will be in G0 (Sn ).
Simplicity of QC(S^n) and LIP(S^n)
If p(z ) = p(−z ) for all z , then the process will be called symmetric ; if P zp(z ) = 0, it will be called of mean zero and if Pz∈Zd zp(z ) = m 6= 0, the process will be called asymmetric.
Finite-dimensional approximation for the diffusion coefficient in the simple exclusion process
Here, we will have directions along symmetry orbits, for which the techniques just described will apply, and inhomogeneous directions for which we will use holonomies of the Ashtekar connection as in the full theory.
Quantum Riemannian Geometry and Black Holes