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noun will pronunciation in British English /wɪl/
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] someones determination to do what is necessary to achieve what they want
    strong/iron will: Mr Wolski had an iron will and learned to walk again.
    the will to do something: Without the will to win, the team won’t go far.
    battle/clash of wills: a clash of wills between a manager and an employee
    1. a.
      [singular] what someone wants to happen
      will of: For once politicians are listening to the will of the people.
      against someone’s will: He claims he was held in the flat against his will.
      impose your will on someone (=make other people do what you want): She was a powerful ruler, used to imposing her will.
    2. b.
      [singular] an ability to make decisions and take action
      This machine seems to have a will of its own.
  2. 2
    [countable] legal a legal document that explains what you want to happen to your money and possessions after you die. This is often more formally called a last will and testament
    make/write a will: I really should make a will, just in case something happens.
    in someone’s will: Ed’s father didn’t leave him anything in his will.
    See also living will



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