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
  1. noun

    the capability of conscious choice and decision and intention

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    volition in its weakest form
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    faculty, mental faculty, module

    one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind

  2. noun

    a fixed and persistent intent or purpose

    “where there’s a
    will there’s a way”
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    aim, design, intent, intention, mission, purpose

    an anticipated outcome that is intended or that guides your planned actions

  3. verb

    determine by choice

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    willed and intended”
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    decide, determine, make up one’s mind

    reach, make, or come to a decision about something

  4. verb

    decree or ordain

    wills our existence”
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    issue an order

  5. noun

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

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    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
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    instrument, legal document, legal instrument, official document

    (law) a document that states some contractual relationship or grants some right

  6. verb

    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)
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    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
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    gift, give, present

    give as a present; make a gift of

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