1 power to choose; desire
great, indomitable, iron, strong

her indomitable will to win

His unassuming manner concealed an iron will.

pure, sheer

I was driven by the pure will to survive.

collective, general, majority, national, popular, public

Is that the general will, that we keep the present voting arrangements?


The government lacked the political will to reform the tax system.


She bears them no ill will.

(see also goodwill)

She has a very strong will.

exercise, exert

She's lost the will to try and change things.

break, drain, sap

Constant rejection has sapped her will.


She usually manages to impose her will on the rest of the group.

bend (sb/sth) to, obey

They were taught to obey their father's will without question.

go against

My father didn't want me to leave home, and I didn't like to go against his will.

against your will

Much against my will, I let him go.

at will

She believes employers should have the right to hire and fire at will.

an act of will

It requires an act of will to make myself go running in the morning.

a battle of wills, a clash of wills

The meeting turned out to be a clash of wills.

an effort of will

With a great effort of will he resisted her pleas.

of your own free will

She left of her own free will.

where there's a will there's a way (= used to say that sth is possible if you really want it)
the will to live

She gradually regained the will to live.

God's will, the will of God
2 legal document

Two people must witness your signature or your will is not valid.

living (= a record of your wishes regarding medical treatment at the end of your life)
draft, draw up, make, write

His lawyer drew up the will.

Have you made your will?


She left no will and was unmarried.

alter, change
remember sb in

My aunt remembered me in her will.

administer, execute
challenge, contest

The family decided to contest the will in court.

break, overturn, set aside (BrE)

They succeeded in getting the will overturned.

by will

Some things cannot be given away by will.

in a/the will

She left me some money in her will.

under a/the will

Under her father's will, she gets $5 000 a year.

sb's last will and testament

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