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will

modal verb uk   /wɪl/ us  

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.

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 Ian if he'll take them. I've asked her but she won't come. The car won't start. This quantity of lasagne will feed six people.

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 drink, Evie? Will you come in for a while? You'll have some cake, won't you, Charles?

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.

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 will all probably already know, election day is next week.

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!

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.

will

noun uk   /wɪl/ us  

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 hold a meeting. The government has failed to impose its will upon regional communities (= to make them do as it wants).
See also

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.

will

verb uk   /wɪl/ us  

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. [I or T] formal to want something: Stay or go, as you will.

will verb (LEAVE)

[T] to arrange to give money or property to others after your death
(Definition of will from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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