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Will \Will\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Willed; p. pr. & vb. n. Willing. Indic. present I will, thou willeth, he wills; we, ye, they will.] [Cf. AS. willian. See Will, n.] [1913 Webster]
To form a distinct volition of; to determine by an act of choice; to ordain; to decree. "What she will to do or say." --Milton. [1913 Webster] By all law and reason, that which the Parliament will not, is no more established in this kingdom. --Milton. [1913 Webster] Two things he [God] willeth, that we should be good, and that we should be happy. --Barrow. [1913 Webster]
To enjoin or command, as that which is determined by an act of volition; to direct; to order. [Obs. or R.] [1913 Webster] They willed me say so, madam. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Send for music, And will the cooks to use their best of cunning To please the palate. --Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] As you go, will the lord mayor . . . To attend our further pleasure presently. --J. Webster. [1913 Webster]
To give or direct the disposal of by testament; to bequeath; to devise; as, to will one's estate to a child; also, to order or direct by testament; as, he willed that his nephew should have his watch. [1913 Webster]
Willing \Will"ing\, a. [From Will, v. t.] [1913 Webster]
Free to do or to grant; having the mind inclined; not opposed in mind; not choosing to refuse; disposed; not averse; desirous; consenting; complying; ready. [1913 Webster] Felix, willing to show the Jews a pleasure, left Paul bound. --Acts xxiv.
[1913 Webster] With wearied wings and willing feet. --Milton. [1913 Webster] [Fruit] shaken in August from the willing boughs. --Bryant. [1913 Webster]
Received of choice, or without reluctance; submitted to voluntarily; chosen; desired. [1913 Webster] [They] are held, with his melodious harmony, In willing chains and sweet captivity. --Milton. [1913 Webster]
Spontaneous; self-moved. [R.] [1913 Webster] No spouts of blood run willing from a tree. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Word Net

willing adj
1 disposed or inclined toward; "a willing participant"; "willing helpers" [ant: unwilling]
2 not brought about by coercion or force; "the confession was uncoerced" [syn: uncoerced, unforced]
3 disposed or willing to comply; "someone amenable to persuasion"; "the spirit indeed is willing but the flesh is weak"- Matthew
2641 [syn: amenable, conformable] n : the act of making a choice; "followed my father of my own volition" [syn: volition]




  • sense adjective willende, present participle of *willan
  • sense noun willung, from willian


  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.


ready to do something that is not a matter of course


  1. In the context of "rare|or|obsolete": The execution of a will.


  1. present participle of will
Willing redirects here, it is a variant of the name William. For a definition of the word "willing", please see its Wiktionary entry.
Willing is a town in Allegany County, New York, United States. The population was 1,371 at the 2000 census.
The Town of Willing is on the southern border of the county, south of the Village of Wellsville.


The town was first settled around 1819. The Town of Willing was formed in 1852 from the Towns of Independence and Scio.
In 1875, the population of Willing was 1,713. In the Fall of 1884, a destructive tornado killed several people and destroyed property.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 36.3 square miles (94.0 km²), of which, 36.3 square miles (93.9 km²) of it is land and 0.03% is water.
The Genesee River flows northward through the town. The south town line is the border of Pennsylvania (Potter County).
New York State Route 19 is a major north-south highway, and New York State Route 248 is a major east-west highway. New York State Route 248A, Cryder Creek Road, passes through the southeast corner of the town. ha ha ha


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,371 people, 538 households, and 411 families residing in the town. The population density was 37.8 people per square mile (14.6/km²). There were 648 housing units at an average density of 17.9/sq mi (6.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.18% White, 0.07% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.58% Asian, 0.15% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.66% of the population.
There were 538 households out of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.2% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.6% were non-families. 20.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 2.90.
In the town the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 6.3% from 18 to 24, 23.6% from 25 to 44, 28.0% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 100.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.0 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $35,859, and the median income for a family was $39,737. Males had a median income of $34,375 versus $19,917 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,109. About 9.8% of families and 14.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.6% of those under age 18 and 12.8% of those age 65 or over.

Communities and locations in Willing

  • Hallsport -- A hamlet on Route 248 by the Chenunda Creek in the northeast corner of the town.
  • Mapes -- A location by County Road 29 near the western town line.
  • Paynesville -- A location in the southeast corner of the town on Route 248A.
  • Shongo -- A hamlet on Route 19 near the south town line by the Genesee River. The name is that of a Seneca chief.
  • Stannards -- A hamlet on the north town line.
  • Stone Dam -- A location in the southwest corner of the town on County Road 29.
  • York Corners -- A hamlet located at the junction of Route 19 and County Road 39, south of Stannards.


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