from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Disposed or inclined; prepared: I am willing to overlook your mistakes.
  • adj. Acting or ready to act gladly; eagerly compliant: "The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” ( Matthew 26:41).
  • adj. Done, given, accepted, or borne voluntarily or ungrudgingly. See Synonyms at voluntary.
  • adj. Of or relating to exercise of the will; volitional.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Ready to do something that is not (can't be expected as) a matter of course.
  • n. The execution of a will.
  • v. Present participle of will.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. 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.
  • adj. Received of choice, or without reluctance; submitted to voluntarily; chosen; desired.
  • adj. Spontaneous; self-moved.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Favorably disposed; ready; inclined; desirous: as, willing to work; willing to depart.
  • Voluntary; cheerfully given, granted, done, or borne: as, willing service; willing poverty.
  • Characterized by promptness or readiness in action; free from reluctance, laziness, or slowness: willing horse; a willing hand.
  • In harmony or accord; like-minded.
  • Synonyms Minded.
  • Spontaneous, etc. See voluntary.
  • n. Inclination; desire; intention.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. disposed or inclined toward
  • n. the act of making a choice
  • adj. not brought about by coercion or force


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