Translation of "will" - English-Mandarin Chinese dictionary

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willmodal verb

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will modal verb (FUTURE)

A2 also 'll used to talk about what is going to happen in the future, especially things that you are certain about or things that are planned

Clare will be five years old next month. 下个月克莱尔就5岁了。
The train leaves at 8:58, so we'll be in Scotland by lunchtime. 火车8:58发车,所以我们中午前就能到苏格兰了。
I'll see him tomorrow./I'll be seeing him tomorrow. 我明天要见他。
Will Susie be there? 苏茜会去吗?
It won't be easy to find another secretary. 再找一位秘书可不容易。
There'll be trouble when she finds out. 她要是发现了就麻烦了。

More examples

  • The doctor will call next week to check on your progress.
  • The choir will be performing the Hallelujah Chorus at the concert.
  • The photos will be ready for collection on Tuesday afternoon.
  • Representatives of the member states will be meeting next week.
  • All our computer equipment will be replaced in the near future.

will modal verb (ABLE/WILLING)

A1 also 'll used to talk about what someone or something is able or willing to do

I'll give you a lift. 我用车顺便送你一下。
Ask Gabriela if she'll take them. 问问伊安是否会带上他们。
I've asked her but she won't come. 我问过她了,可她不愿来。
The car won't start. 汽车发动不了。
This lasagne will feed six people. 这些卤汁宽面条够6个人吃。

More examples

  • The photocopier will collate the documents for you.
  • Your father will come for you at 4 o'clock.
  • In the event of a strike, the army will take over responsibility for firefighting.
  • The government will only say it is not in the general interest to reveal any more information.
  • Oh, for crying out loud, why won't you listen to me!

will modal verb (REQUEST)

A2 used to ask someone to do something

Will you give me her address? 你能不能给我她的地址?
Will you give that to Tony when you see him, please? 你能不能在见到托尼的时候把这个转交给他?2

also 'll used as a polite way of inviting someone to do something, or of offering someone something

Will you join us for a cup of coffee, Evie? 要不要来喝一杯,埃薇?
Will you come in for a while? 进来呆一会儿好吗?
You'll have some cake, won't you, Charlie? 查尔斯,你要不要吃些蛋糕?

More examples

  • Will you give me a hand with this box?
  • When you've finished that book will you lend it to me?
  • Will you pass me the salt please?
  • Will you give me a call when you get this message?
  • Will you play that song again please?

will modal verb (IF)

A2 also 'll used in conditional sentences with 'if'

(用于以 if 开头的条件句中)
If he's late again, I'll be very angry. 要是他再迟到的话,我会很生气。
I'll wait with Christopher if his mother isn't here when you go. 你走以后,如果克里斯多佛的妈妈还不来的话,我就陪他一起等。

More examples

  • If you see Alan on your wanderings, will you tell him he's wanted in the office?
  • If we back down on this issue, our reputation will be compromised.
  • If the two sides conflict with each other again, it will be disastrous for party unity.
  • If a plane window breaks the cabin will rapidly decompress.
  • If we continue to deplete the earth's natural resources, we will cause serious damage to the environment.

will modal verb (LIKELY)

also 'll used to refer to what is likely

That'll be Scott at the door. 敲门的可能是斯科特。
That'll be his mother with him. 可能是他妈妈和他在一起。
As you all will know, election day is next week. 你们可能已经全都知道了,选举定在下星期。

More examples

  • You will have heard about the plans for next week.
  • You will probably have already made plans for the weekend.
  • That'll be Tony on the phone.
  • As you will have guessed by now, David and I are engaged.
  • You will be aware that things haven't been going well.

will modal verb (ORDER)

also 'll used when angry to tell someone to do something

Will you stop being such a pain! 你能不能别那么讨厌!
You'll go upstairs and you'll go straight to bed like your father told you! 你应该听你爸爸的话,上楼睡觉去。

More examples

  • You will do as you are told!
  • Will you shut up!
  • Will you stop doing that and pay attention!
  • You'll finish your dinner if you want any dessert.
  • You'll tidy your room before you go out.

will modal verb (ALWAYS)

also 'll used when referring to something that always or usually happens

Accidents will happen. 事故总是会发生的。
Fruit will keep longer in the fridge. 水果放在冰箱里保存的时间会更长。
The product with the better-known brand name will always sell better. 名牌商品的销量总会好一些。
She's 85 now, but she will insist on doing all her own housework. 她已经85岁了,但她还是一直坚持自己做家务活儿。

More examples

  • My children will always come before my career.
  • I'm afraid physics will always be a closed book to me.
  • People will file lawsuits at the drop of a hat these days.
  • Tight jeans will only emphasize any extra weight that you are carrying.
  • An empty bottle will float.


uk /wɪl/ us /wɪl/

will noun (MENTAL POWER)

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. 从很小时起,她就有坚强的意志。
[ + to infinitive ] After six months in hospital she began to lose the will to live (= the desire and determination to stay alive). 住院6个月后,她开始失去活下去的勇气。

C1 [ S ] what someone wants to happen

It was God's will. 这是上帝的意愿。
Against their will (= although they did not want to), they were forced to hand over the money. 他们被迫违背自己的意愿,召开了一次会议。
The government has failed to impose its will upon regional communities (= to make them do as it wants). 政府没能将自己的意愿强加给地方。
See also

More examples

  • A good leader must have a strong will.
  • "The will of man is by his reason swayed."
  • Her will turned out to be stronger than his.
  • He succeeded by sheer strength of will.
  • She was always trying to impose her will on other people.

will noun (DOCUMENT)

C2 [ C ] an official statement of what a person has decided should be done with their money and property after their death

Have you made a will yet? 你立遗嘱了吗?
She left me some money in her will. 她在遗嘱中留给我一些钱。

More examples

  • He was struck out from his father's will.
  • He left me his racehorses in his will.
  • When she remarried, she made a new will.


uk /wɪl/ us /wɪl/

will verb (MAKE HAPPEN)

[ + obj + to infinitive ] If you will something to happen, you try to make it happen by the power of your thoughts.

She willed herself to remember his name. 她努力去记住他的名字。

[ I or T ] formal to want something

Stay or go, as you will. 留还是走,随你自己选。

will verb (LEAVE)

[ T ] to arrange to give money or property to others after your death


(Translation of “will” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Simplified) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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