From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishwillwill1 /wɪl/ ●●●S1W1 modal verb (negative short form won’t)1WILLfuture used to make futuretensesA meeting will be held next Tuesday at 3 p.m.What time will she arrive?I hope they won’t be late.Maybe by then you will have changed your mind.2WILLINGwilling to do something used to show that someone is willing or ready to do somethingDr Weir will see you now.The baby won’t eat anything.3ASK FOR something/ASK somebody TO DO somethingrequesting spoken used to ask someone to do somethingWill you phone me later?Shut the door, will you?4USUALLYwhat generally happens used to say what always happens in a particular situation or what is generally trueOil will float on water.Accidents will happen.5POSSIBLEpossibility used like ‘can’ to show what is possibleThis car will hold five people comfortably.6THINK SO/NOT BE SUREbelief used to say that you think something is trueThat will be Tim coming home now.As you will have noticed, there are some gaps in the data.7TELL/ORDER somebody TO DO somethinggiving orders spoken used to give an order or to state a ruleWill you be quiet!You will do as I say.Every employee will carry an identity card at all times.8OFFERoffering/inviting spoken used to offer something to someone or to invite them to do somethingWill you have some more tea?Won’t you have a seat?9OFTENannoying habit spoken used to describe someone’s habits, especially when you think they are annoyingTrish will keep asking silly questions.GRAMMAR: Choosing the right tense• You use will when talking about the future: I’m sure the party will be a big success.• Usually will changes to would when reporting what someone said or thought: She said she was sure that the party would be a big success.• If the event is still in the future, will is sometimes used, especially after the present perfect tense: Lots of people have said they will come to the party.
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will• The conferencewill be held in San Antonio.• Nancy will keep talking unless you tell her to shut up.• What time will you get here?• Will you stir the soup while I go downstairs?• Will you two please stop fighting!
willwill2 ●●●S2W2 noun1determination [countable, uncountable]DETERMINEDdetermination to do something that you have decided to do, even if this is difficultChildren sometimes have strong wills.the will to do somethingEven though she was in terrible pain, Mary never lost the will to live. →strong-willed, weak-willed2legal document [countable]SCLMX a legaldocument that says who you want your money and property to be given to after you dieHave you made a will yet?in somebody’s willMy grandfather left me some money in his will.the senator’s last will and testament3what somebody wants [singular]WANT what someone wants to happen in a particular situationHe accused her of trying to impose her will on others.against your willCollier claims the police forced him to sign a confession against his will.will ofthe will of the peopleobedience to God’s will →free will4 →with the best will in the world5 →where there’s a will there’s a way6 →at will7 →with a will →goodwill, ill willCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 1: determination to do something that you have decided to do, even if this is difficultadjectivesa strong willShe had a very strong will and a clear sense of purpose.an indomitable will (=a strong will which means you do not give in)The indomitable will of the people remains the core strength of democracy.a weak willIt's a myth that people are fat because of a weak will.an iron will (also a will of iron) (=an extremely strong will)Her unassuming manner concealed an iron will.political will (=determination on the part of governments and politicians)There was a lack of political will to do anything about global warming.phrasesstrength of willShe had achieved success by sheer strength of will.an effort of will (=a determined effort to do something you do not want to do)With a great effort of will, she resisted the temptation to look at the letter.a battle/clash/test of wills (=when two determined people oppose each other)Even the smallest decision could become an exhausting battle of wills.verbshave the will to do something (=be determined enough to do it)Do you have the will to win?lack the will to do somethingHe lacked the will to resist.lose the will to do somethingThe country's troops had lost the will to fight.COLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: a legal document that says who you want your money and property to be given to after you dieverbsmake a will (=write one)It is always advisable to make a will.leave a will (=have made a will when you die)Who will inherit my property if I don't leave a will?change your will (=change some of the instructions in your will)Marius had decided to change his will in her favour.cut somebody out of your will (=change your will so that someone is no longer given anything when you die)His father cut her out of his will.prove a will law (=to show that a will has been made in the correct way)If the estate is small, you may not need to prove the will.phrasessomebody's last will and testament formal (=someone's will)the executor of a will (=the person who makes sure that the instructions in someone's will are followed)Her eldest son is the executor of her will.
willwill3 verb1[transitive]CAUSE to try to make something happen by thinking about it very hardwill somebody to do somethingShe was willing herself not to cry.2[transitive + to]SCLGIVE to officially give something that you own to someone else after you die3[intransitive, transitive] old useWANT to want something to happenThe King wills it.→ See Verb table