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will

noun (MENTAL POWER)    /wɪl/
B2 [C or U] the mental power used to control and direct your thoughts and actions, or a determination to do something, despite any difficulties or opposition: From an early age she had a very strong will. [+ to infinitive] After six months in hospital she began to lose the will to live (= the desire and determination to stay alive).Strength of will and determination C1 [S] what someone wants to happen: It was God's will. Against their will (= although they did not want to), they were forced to hold a meeting. The government has failed to impose its will upon regional communities (= to make them do as it wants). → See also free willGoals and purposes
(Definition of will noun (MENTAL POWER) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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