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adjective unwilling pronunciation in British English /ʌnˈwɪlɪŋ/
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  1. 1
    if you are unwilling to do something, you do not want to do it or you refuse to do it
    unwilling to do something: Jane was unwilling to admit she was wrong.
    The government seems unable or unwilling to make further concessions.
  2. 2
    [only before noun] involved in doing something that you do not want to do
    She always claimed she was an unwilling participant in the incident.

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She unwillingly agreed to go with them.


noun [uncountable]
The government has shown an unwillingness to negotiate on this issue.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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