will - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] someone’s 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