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So what is in the name 15 Meanings anyways, right? Well, according to Dictionary.com, there are 15 meanings for the word WILL (um, it’s my name!). This, of course, comes from the unabridged v1.1 of Dictionary.com. They are:

noun

1. the faculty of conscious and especially of deliberate action; the power of control the mind has over its own actions: the freedom of the will.
2. power of choosing one’s own actions: to have a strong or a weak will.
3. the act or process of using or asserting one’s choice; volition: My hands are obedient to my will.
4. wish or desire: to submit against one’s will.
5. purpose or determination, often hearty or stubborn determination; willfulness: to have the will to succeed.
6. the wish or purpose as carried out, or to be carried out: to work one’s will.
7. disposition, whether good or ill, toward another.
8. Law.

a. a legal declaration of a person’s wishes as to the disposition of his or her property or estate after death, usually written and signed by the testator and attested by witnesses.
b. the document containing such a declaration.

verb (used with object)

9. to decide, bring about, or attempt to effect or bring about by an act of the will: He can walk if he wills it.
10. to purpose, determine on, or elect, by an act of will: If he wills success, he can find it.
11. to give or dispose of (property) by a will or testament; bequeath or devise.
12. to influence by exerting will power: She was willed to walk the tightrope by the hypnotist.

verb (used without object)

13. to exercise the will: To will is not enough, one must do.
14. to decide or determine: Others debate, but the king wills.

15. at will,

a. at one’s discretion or pleasure; as one desires: to wander at will through the countryside.

So I ask you, how many meanings do you have?

Citations:

American Psychological Association (APA):

will. (n.d.). Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Retrieved February 27, 2007, from Dictionary.com website: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/will

Chicago Manual Style (CMS):

will. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/will (accessed: February 27, 2007).

Modern Language Association (MLA):

“will.” Dictionary.com Unabridged (v 1.1). Random House, Inc. 27 Feb. 2007. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/will.

 

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