See also: Willing




  • IPA(key): /ˈwɪlɪŋ/
  • Hyphenation: will‧ing
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  • Rhymes: -ɪlɪŋ


willing (comparative more willing, superlative most willing)

  1. Ready to do something that is not (can't be expected as) a matter of course.
    If my boyfriend isn't willing to change his drinking habits, I will split up with him.
    • 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter 5, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., OCLC 222716698:
      In the eyes of Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke the apotheosis of the Celebrity was complete. The people of Asquith were not only willing to attend the house-warming, but had been worked up to the pitch of eagerness. The Celebrity as a matter of course was master of ceremonies.
    • 1929, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, When the World Screamed[1]:
      "Of course, the ventilation is awful. We pump the air down, but two-hour shifts are the most the men can do - and they are willing lads too."
    • 2013 June 7, David Simpson, “Fantasy of navigation”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 36:
      Like most human activities, ballooning has sponsored heroes and hucksters and a good deal in between. For every dedicated scientist patiently recording atmospheric pressure and wind speed while shivering at high altitudes, there is a carnival barker with a bevy of pretty girls willing to dangle from a basket or parachute down to earth.


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willing (plural willings)

  1. (rare or obsolete) The execution of a will.



  1. present participle of will

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