will - definition and synonyms

verb [transitive] 

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present tense
present participlewilling
past tensewilled
past participlewilled
  1. 1
    to make something happen by wishing for it very strongly

    He was convinced he could win if he willed it enough.

    will someone/something to do something:

    She sat silently, willing him to continue.

  2. 2
    to formally give someone something after you die by stating it in a will

    The estate had been willed to his favourite granddaughter.

  3. 3
    an old word meaning ‘to want or intend something to happen
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