Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “willing”

willing

adjective uk   /ˈwɪl.ɪŋ/ us  
be willing (to do sth) B1 to be happy to do something if it is needed: If you're willing to fly at night, you can get a much cheaper ticket. You said you needed a volunteer - well, I'm willing. Apparently John and Gabriel are willing for us to use their garden. approving describes someone who does their work energetically and enthusiastically: a willing helper
willingly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
B2 I would willingly (= be ready and enthusiastic to) help you if I weren't going away tomorrow.
willingness
noun [S or U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
B2 [+ to infinitive] She shows a willingness to work on her own initiative.
(Definition of willing from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of willing?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “willing” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

debut

the occasion when someone performs or presents something to the public for the first time

Word of the Day

Come on – you can do it! Phrasal verbs with ‘come’.

by Liz Walter​,
November 19, 2014
As part of an occasional series on the tricky subject of phrasal verbs, this blog looks at ones formed with the verb ‘come’. If you are reading this blog, I’m sure you already know come from, as it is one of the first things you learn in class: I come from Scotland/Spain.

Read More 

silver splicer noun

November 17, 2014
informal a person who marries in later life Newly retired and now newlywed – rise of the ‘silver splicers’ Reaching pension age becomes a trigger to tie the knot as baby-boomers begin to redefine retirement

Read More