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Will

Definition of will:

part of speech: verb

To exercise the will: to decree: ( B.) to be willing.

part of speech: noun

Would most nearly has the force of a simple past indicative in such sentences as, " he would go and you see what has happened;" but this implies farther that he did actually go or at least set out, and the would is here emphatic.

part of speech: verb

To be resolved; decree.- as an auxiliary verb ( p. t. would) it denotes futurity or intention.

part of speech: verb

To choose or decide; decree; to be willing; to wish.

part of speech: verb

To determine; resolve to do: bequeath.

part of speech: noun

Will and would were formerly often used with adverbs and prepositional phrases to express motion or change of place, where modern usage would require will go, would go, or the like. " Now I will away;" " I'll to my books;" " he is very sick and would to bed;" " there were wit in this head, and 'twould out."- Shak.

part of speech: participle

Would.

part of speech: noun

Everyday English, chap. xiii.) ( b) Optative; " I would that I were young again." In this use the personal pronoun is often omitted. " Would to God we had died in Egypt."- Ex. xvi. 3. " Would God I had died for thee, O Absalom."- 2. Sam. xviii. 3. " Would thou wert as I am."- Shak.

part of speech: noun

The power of the mind by which one chooses or determines; as, if you exert your will, you can do it; determination; choice; desire; as, he acted against his will; a determination by an authority; hence, a command; as he did his master's will: a legal document disposing of one's property at death.

part of speech: verb

Aux., pres. I will, thou wilt, he will; past, would; no past participle. A word denoting either simple futurity or futurity combined with volition according to the subject of the verb. Thus, in the first person, I ( we) will, the word denotes willingness, consent, intention, or promise; and when emphasized in indicates determination or fixed purpose; as I will go, if you please; I will go at all hazards; I will have it in spite of him. In the second and third persons will expresses only a simple future or certainty, the idea of volition, purpose, or wish being lost; thus, " you will go," or " he will go," indicates a future event only. The second person may also be used as a polite command; as, you will be sure to do as I have told you.

part of speech: noun

The power of choosing or determining; choice; determination: disposition of effects at death; testament.

part of speech: verb

Auxiliary having no imperative or infinitive, and followed by the infinitive without to: used, together with shall, to form the simple futre tense: thus, to express simple futurity, singular, first person, I shall; second person, you will; third person, he will; piural, first person, we shall; second person, you will; third person they will: used to express determination in an arrangement exactly the opposite: used in all persons to express willingness: used in a question, in the second and third persons, according to the form expected in the answer; as, shall he? will you? etc.; often used in commands for the sake of courtesy; as, you will take this report to the coionel.

part of speech: verb

To determine: to be resolved to do: to command: to dispose of by will.

part of speech: participle

Willed.

part of speech: noun

Would is also used to express a habit or custom, as if it implied a habitual exercise of will; as, she would weep all day; every other day he would fly into a passion.

part of speech: verb

To wish or desire; to decide upon; to intend firmly; to determine; to choose; command; direct; bequeath or give at death; as, to will one's property to one's heirs; to influence by exerting the power of determing; as, she willed him to turn around; to influence by hypnotic power.

part of speech: noun

As regards will in questions, Mr. R. Grant White lays down the following rules: " Will is never to be used as a question with the first person; as, will I go? A man cannot ask if he wills to do anything that he must know and only he knows. As a question, will in the second person asks the intention of the person addressed; as, will you go to- morrow? that is, Do you mean to go to- morrow? As a question, will in the third person asks what is to be the future action of the person spoken of, with a necessary reference to intension; as, will he go? that is, Is he going? Does he mean to go and is his going sure? Simple futurity with the first person is appropriately expressed by shall. Among inaccurate speakers and writers, especially in Scotland, Ireland, and in some parts of the United States, there is some confusion in the use of shall and will; thus will improperly takes the place of shall in such frequently used phrases as, I will be obliged to you, " we will be at a loss," " I will be much gratified," and so on.

part of speech: noun

Would stands in the same relation to will that should does to shall. Thus would is seldom or never a preterite indicative pure and simple, being mainly employed in subjunctive, conditional, or optative senses, in the latter case having often the functions and force of an independent verb; as, ( a) conditional or subjunctive, " he would do it if he could;" " he could do it if, he would;" " they would have gone had they been permitted." Here it will be seen would refers to the present only, the past being expressed by would have. In such sentences as " He was mistaken it would seem," or " it would appear"- in which should is sometimes used- would retains almost nothing of conditionality, having merely the effect of softening a direct statement. ( Mr. R. Grant White regards " it should seem" as the normal expression, though he quotes “ it would appearfrom good English writers. He himself writes: “ It would seem that a man of Mr. Lowe's general intelligence should know," etc.

part of speech: noun

Power of choosing or determining: choice or determination: pleasure: command: arbitrary disposal: feeling towards, as in good or ill will: disposition of one's effects at death: the written document containing such.

Usage examples for will:

  • " I will and " I will "The Turn of the Screw", Henry James.
  • I'm sure that he will "The Ice Pilot", Henry Leverage.
  • Let me speak, will you! "An Outcast of the Islands", Joseph Conrad.
  • " That will do," said Wogan. "Clementina", A.E.W. Mason.

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