Definition and Meanings for wills

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Part of Speech of wills

noun, verb, transitive verb, auxiliary verb, imperfect, adverb, intransitive verb, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

Etymology of wills

oe. wille, as. willa; akin to ofries. willa, os. willeo, willio, d. wil, g. wille, icel. vili, dan. villie, sw. vilja, goth wilja. see will, v.pos oe. willen, imp. wolde; akin to os. willan, ofries. willa, d. willen, g. wollen, ohg. wollan, wellan, icel. & sw. vilja, dan. ville, goth. wiljan, oslav. voliti, l. velle to wish, volo i wish; cf. skr. v to choose, to prefer. cf. voluntary, welcome, well, adv.pos cf. as. willian. see will, n.pos

Meaning of wills


as noun, verb

  • 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.
  • the choice which is made; a determination or preference which results from the act or exercise of the power of choice; a volition.
  • the choice or determination of one who has authority; a decree; a command; discretionary pleasure.
  • strong wish or inclination; desire; purpose.
  • that which is strongly wished or desired.
  • arbitrary disposal; power to control, dispose, or determine.
  • 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.

as transitive verb, auxiliary verb, imperfect, adverb

  • to wish; to desire; to incline to have.
  • as an auxiliary, will is used to denote futurity dependent on the verb. thus, in first person, willas, 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, will go,will go,. to emphasize will denotes (according to the tone or context) certain futurity or fixed determination.

as intransitive verb

  • to be willing; to be inclined or disposed; to be pleased; to wish; to desire.

as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, noun

  • to form a distinct volition of; to determine by an act of choice; to ordain; to decree.
  • to enjoin or command, as that which is determined by an act of volition; to direct; to order.
  • 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.

as intransitive verb

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