1. To urge, cause, or compel oneself to proceed with some action from one's sheer determination. In this usage, a reflexive pronoun is used between "will" and "on." I barely had any strength left in my legs, so I had to keep willing myself on to finish the race. We were so burnt out after the 80-hour work weeks, but we willed ourselves on because we knew that it had to be ready in time for the holiday season.
2. To use the intensity of one's desire or willpower to urge, cause, or compel someone or something to proceed or carry on. A noun or pronoun can used between "will" and "on." I was so tense watching my son compete in his first relay race. I just sat there willing him on the whole time. Everyone I know has been willing on the proposed legislation as it makes its way through Congress.
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