Will means to want or to choose. If you have free will, you are allowed to choose what you want. If you make a will, you've write down what you want to have happen to your money and your stuff.

You may have heard the expression, "Where there's a will, there's a way." It means that if you want something enough, you'll find a way to make it happen. If you impose your will on someone else, you're making them do what you want, as opposed to what they want. If you are willful, you are impulsive and always do what you want. If you will something to happen, you try to make it happen just by the force of your wanting it to––you might will a car to keep running, even as the gas needle sits at empty.

Definitions of will

n the capability of conscious choice and decision and intention

volition in its weakest form
Type of:
faculty, mental faculty, module
one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind

n a fixed and persistent intent or purpose

“where there's a will there's a way”
Type of:
aim, design, intent, intention, purpose
an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions

n a legal document declaring a person's wishes regarding the disposal of their property when they die

Epistle of Paul the Apostle to Philemon
a New Testament book containing an epistle from Saint Paul to Philemon asking Philemon to forgive the slave for escaping
the oldest Greek version of the Old Testament; said to have been translated from the Hebrew by Jewish scholars at the request of Ptolemy II
Old Testament
the collection of books comprising the sacred scripture of the Hebrews and recording their history as the chosen people; the first half of the Christian Bible
New Testament
the collection of books of the Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, the Pauline and other epistles, and Revelation; composed soon after Christ's death; the second half of the Christian Bible
a will disposing of real property
Type of:
instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document
(law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right

v determine by choice

“This action was willed and intended”
Type of:
decide, determine, make up one's mind
reach, make, or come to a decision about something

v decree or ordain

“God wills our existence”
Type of:
issue an order

v leave or give by will after one's death

bequeath, leave
leave, leave behind
be survived by after one's death
give, impart, leave, pass on
transmit (knowledge or skills)
disinherit, disown
prevent deliberately (as by making a will) from inheriting
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give by will, especially real property
pass on
give to or transfer possession of
show appreciation to
entail, fee-tail
limit the inheritance of property to a specific class of heirs
transmit from one generation to the next
hand down
passed on, as by inheritance
Type of:
gift, give, present
give as a present; make a gift of

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