(noun.) a fixed and persistent intent or purpose; 'where there's a will there's a way'.
(noun.) a legal document declaring a person's wishes regarding the disposal of their property when they die.
(verb.) determine by choice; 'This action was willed and intended'.
(verb.) decree or ordain; 'God wills our existence'.
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(v.) 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.
(v.) The choice which is made; a determination or preference which results from the act or exercise of the power of choice; a volition.
(v.) The choice or determination of one who has authority; a decree; a command; discretionary pleasure.
(v.) Strong wish or inclination; desire; purpose.
(v.) That which is strongly wished or desired.
(v.) Arbitrary disposal; power to control, dispose, or determine.
(v.) 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.
(adv.) To wish; to desire; to incline to have.
(adv.) 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.
(v. i.) To be willing; to be inclined or disposed; to be pleased; to wish; to desire.
(n.) To form a distinct volition of; to determine by an act of choice; to ordain; to decree.
(n.) To enjoin or command, as that which is determined by an act of volition; to direct; to order.
(n.) 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.
(v. i.) To exercise an act of volition; to choose; to decide; to determine; to decree.
Synonyms and Synonymous
n. . Power of determination, power of choosing, faculty of volition.. Wish, desire, inclination, disposition, pleasure.. Command, behest, order, direction.. Testament, last will and testament.
v. a. . Determine, decree, enjoin, command, direct.. Bequeath, devise, demise, leave, give by will.
v. n. . Exercise volition.. Devise, choose, elect, be disposed, be inclined, be pleased, have a mind.
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Synonyms and Antonyms
SYN:Allure, procure, gain, obtain, conciliate, earn, succeed, get, achieve,accomplish, conquer
ANT:Repel, forfeit, miss, alienate, fail
SYN:Devise, direct, bequeath
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n. 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. 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: (B.) to be willing.—v.t. 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.—adj. Wil′ful governed only by one's will: done or suffered by design: obstinate: (Shak.) willing.—adv. Wil′fully.—n. Wil′fulness.—adj. Willed having a will: brought under another's will.—n. Will′er one who wishes one who wills.—adjs. Will′ing having the will inclined to a thing: desirous: disposed: chosen; Will′ing-heart′ed heartily consenting.—adv. Will′ingly.—n. Will′ingness.—adj. Will′yard (Scot.) wilful: shy.—ns. Good′-will (see Good); Ill′-will (see Ill).—At will at pleasure; Conjoint Joint will a testamentary act by two persons jointly in the same instrument; Have one's will to obtain what one desires; Tenant at will one who holds lands at the will of the owner; With a will with all one's heart; Work one's will to do exactly what one wants.
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Unserious Contents or Definition
To dream you are making your will, is significant of momentous trials and speculations. For a wife or any one to think a will is against them, portends that they will have disputes and disorderly proceedings to combat in some event soon to transpire. If you fail to prove a will, you are in danger of libelous slander. To lose one is unfortunate for your business. To destroy one, warns you that you are about to be a party to treachery and deceit.
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