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Meaning of “will” in the English Dictionary

"will" in British English

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willmodal verb

uk   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 ​yearsold next ​month. The ​trainleaves 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 conditionalsentences 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, ​electionday 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 ​yourfather 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 ​keeplonger in the ​fridge. The ​product with the better-known ​brandname will always ​sellbetter. She's 85 now, but she will ​insist on doing all her own ​housework.

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willnoun

uk   us   /wɪl/
  • will noun (MENTAL POWER)

B2 [C or U] the ​mentalpower used to ​control and ​directyourthoughts 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 tolive (= the ​desire and ​determination to ​stayalive).C1 [S] what someone ​wants to ​happen: It was God's will. Againsttheir will (= ​although they did not ​want to), they were ​forced to ​hand over the ​money. The ​government has ​failed to ​imposeits will uponregionalcommunities (= to make them do as it ​wants).
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  • will noun (DOCUMENT)

C2 [C] an ​officialstatement of what a ​person has ​decided should be done with ​theirmoney and ​property after ​theirdeath: Have you made a will ​yet? She ​left me some ​money in her will.

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willverb

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

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willmodal verb

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

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

(past tense would  /wʊd, wəd/ ) used to ​expressyourintentions: 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 ​peoplecomfortably. 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 ​mentalpower used to ​control and ​directyourthoughts 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 ​stayalive). [C/U] Someone’s will is also what the ​personwants to ​happen: [U] I went there against my will.
  • will noun (DEATH PLAN)

[C] yourofficialstatement of what should be done with ​yourmoney 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 ​yourthoughts: She willed herself to ​remainoptimistic.
  • will verb [T] (DEATH PLAN)

to ​officiallyarrange for someone to ​receivepart or all of ​yourmoney or ​property after ​yourdeath: 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   us   /wɪl/ LAW
a ​legaldocument 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     us   strong /wɪl/ weak /wəl, əl/
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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