willing Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"willing" in British English

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willingadjective

uk   us   /ˈwɪl.ɪŋ/
be willing (to do sth)
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B1 to be ​happy to do something if it is ​needed: If you're willing to ​fly at ​night, you can get a much ​cheaperticket. You said you ​needed a ​volunteer - well, I'm willing. Apparently John and Gabriel are willing for us to use ​theirbarbecue.
approving A willing ​person does ​theirworkenergetically and ​enthusiastically: a willing ​helper
willingly
adverb uk   us   /-li/
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  • One thing is ​certain - she won't ​resign willingly.
  • I would willingly give my ​life for that of my ​child.
B2 I would willingly (= be ​ready and ​enthusiastic to)help you if I weren't going away ​tomorrow.
willingness
noun [S or U] uk   us   /-nəs/
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B2 [+ to infinitive] She ​shows a willingness towork on her own ​initiative.
(Definition of willing from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"willing" in American English

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willingadjective

 us   /ˈwɪl·ɪŋ/
not ​opposed to doing something; ​ready or ​eager to do something: If you’re willing to ​fly on ​Thursday you can get a ​cheaperticket.
willingness
noun [U]  us   /ˈwɪl·ɪŋ·nəs/
She ​shows a willingness to ​work hard.
(Definition of willing from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “willing”
in Arabic راغِب…
in Korean 기꺼이 하는…
in Portuguese prestativo, solícito…
in Catalan ben disposat…
in Japanese 協力的な…
in Chinese (Simplified) 卖力的, 积极的…
in Turkish hazır, razı, istekli…
in Russian обязательный, старательный…
in Chinese (Traditional) 賣力的, 積極的…
in Italian disponibile, volenteroso…
in Polish chętny, ochoczy…
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