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willmodal verb

uk   /wɪl/ us   /wɪl/
  • 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. The train leaves at 8:58, so we'll be in Scotland by lunchtime. I'll see him tomorrow./I'll be seeing him tomorrow. Will Susie be there? It won't be easy to find another secretary. There'll be trouble when she finds out.

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  • 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. Ask Gabriela if she'll take them. I've asked her but she won't come. The car won't start. This lasagne will feed six people.

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  • will modal verb (REQUEST)

A2 used to ask someone to do something: Will you give me her address? Will you give that to Tony when you see him, please?
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? Will you come in for a while? You'll have some cake, won't you, Charlie?

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  • will modal verb (IF)

A2 also 'll used in conditional sentences with 'if': If he's late again, I'll be very angry. I'll wait with Christopher if his mother isn't here when you go.

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  • will modal verb (LIKELY)

also 'll used to refer to what is likely: That'll be Scott at the door. That'll be his mother with him. As you all will know, election day is next week.

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  • will modal verb (ORDER)

also 'll used when angry to tell someone to do something: Will you stop being such a pain! You'll go upstairs and you'll go straight to bed like your father told you!

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  • will modal verb (ALWAYS)

also 'll used when referring to something that always or usually happens: Accidents will happen. Fruit will keep longer in the fridge. The product with the better-known brand name will always sell better. She's 85 now, but she will insist on doing all her own housework.

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willnoun

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. [+ to infinitive] After six months in hospital she began to lose the will to live (= the desire and determination to stay alive).
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 hand over the money. The government has failed to impose its will upon regional communities (= to make them do as it wants).
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  • 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? She left me some money in her will.

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willverb

uk   /wɪl/ us   /wɪl/
(Definition of will from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"will" in American English

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willmodal verb

us   /wɪl, wəl/ present tense will
  • will modal verb (FUTURE)

used only with the base forms of verbs when referring to the future: Claire will be five years old next month. Note: The negative contraction is won’t.
  • will modal verb (INTENTION)

past tense would /wʊd, wəd/ used to express your intentions: This time I will learn from my mistakes. Note: The negative contraction is won’t.
  • will modal verb (REQUEST)

past tense would /wʊd, wəd/ used to ask or tell someone to do something: Will you give me her address, please? You will do it because I said so!
past tense would /wʊd, wəd/ Will can be used as a polite way of inviting someone to do something, or of offering someone something: Will you come in?
Note: The negative contraction is won’t.
  • will modal verb (CAN)

past tense would /wʊd, wəd/ used to refer to what is possible; to be able to do something: This car will seat six people comfortably. Note: The negative contraction is won’t.
  • will modal verb (ACCEPTANCE)

past tense would /wʊd, wəd/ used to say that behavior which usually happens is acceptable because it is expected: Boys will be boys.

willnoun

us   /wɪl/
  • will noun (MENTAL POWER)

[C/U] the mental power used to control and direct your thoughts and actions, or a determination to do something, despite any difficulties or opposition: [C] He’ll need an iron will to stick to that diet. [U] After six months in the hospital, she lost the will to live (= the desire and determination to stay alive).
[C/U] Someone’s will is also what the person wants to happen: [U] I went there against my will.
  • will noun (DEATH PLAN)

[C] your official statement of what should be done with your money and property after you die: Your will isn’t valid until you sign it.

willverb [T]

us   /wɪl/
  • will verb [T] (MENTAL POWER)

to try to make something happen by using your thoughts: She willed herself to remain optimistic.
  • will verb [T] (DEATH PLAN)

to officially arrange for someone to receive part or all of your money or property after your death: She willed the house to her brother.
(Definition of will from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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willnoun [C]

uk   /wɪl/ us   LAW
a legal document in which someone states what should be done with their money and property when they die: leave/change/make a will About 75% of adults surveyed have not made a will. His parents died without leaving a will.
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willverb [T]

uk   strong /wɪl/ uk   weak /wəl, əl/ us  
to state in a will who should get your money and property when you die: will sth to sb Property willed to her by her grandparents remains in their names until the estates are settled.will sb sth She had willed her new husband all her property.
(Definition of will from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “will”
in Korean (미래를 예측하여)-일 것이다, (의지의 의미로)-할 것이다, 부탁을 할 때 쓰임…
in Arabic سَوْف, يُريد, هَلْ؟…
in Malaysian kebebasan bertindak, kemahuan, wasiat…
in French volonté, désir, testament…
in Russian вспом. гл. для образования формы будущего времени, намереваться, собираться…
in Chinese (Traditional) 將來, 將,將要…
in Italian usato per esprimere il futuro, volere, usato per chiedere a qualcuno di fare qualcosa…
in Turkish ...acek/ecak, ...er/acak/ecek, ...mısınız/misiniz…
in Polish wyraża przyszłość, chcieć, zechcieć…
in Spanish voluntad, albedrío, testamento…
in Vietnamese ý chí, quyết tâm, di chúc…
in Portuguese usado para falar sobre o que vai acontecer no futuro, usado para falar sobre o que alguém ou algo está disposto a fazer ou é capaz de fazer, usado para pedir algo a alguém…
in Thai การตัดสินใจ, ความต้องการ, พินัยกรรม…
in German der Wille, Letzter Wille, das Testament…
in Catalan s’utilitza per a parlar del futur amb certesa, s’utilitza per a expressar el que algú vol o pot fer, s’utilitza per a demanar a algú que faci alguna cosa…
in Japanese (文法)未来を示す助動詞, ~(する)つもりだ, (疑問文で)~してくれませんか…
in Chinese (Simplified) 将来, 将,将要…
in Indonesian kemauan, keinginan, surat wasiat…
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