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1. To bequeath something (to someone else) in one's will. A noun or pronoun can be used between "will" and "away." I can't believe she willed away that beautiful painting to Cousin Adam. He doesn't even care about art! He had no children, so he willed his entire estate away to a local orphanage.
2. To cause for something to disappear, be removed, or no longer be a problem simply through one's intense desire or intentions. A noun or pronoun can be used between "will" and "away." I know it puts you under a lot of pressure, but you can't just will away your obligations, Stuart. Rather than face up to her mistakes, Sarah would rather hide and try to will them away.
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.
1. To attempt to cause something to happen or someone to do something from the sheer power of one's thoughts, determination, or desire. A noun or pronoun is used between "will" and "to." He seems to be trying to will the population as a whole to accept electric cars as the new default. Lacking the means to effect any meaningful change ourselves, we've all been willing the upper management to reconsider the move, knowing that it will harm our jobs in the long run. I sat watching him read my proposal, willing him to say yes.
2. To bequeath something to someone in one's will. A noun or pronoun is used between "will" and "to." I was as shocked as everyone else to find out that my grandfather had willed the entire estate to me. We all thought it was a joke, but Mrs. Thompson had in fact willed all her possessions to her cats.
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will something away
to give something away in a will. The old man simply willed all his money away. He said he wouldn't need it when he was dead. She had willed away all of her treasures to her grandchildren.
will something to someone
to give something to someone in a will. My uncle willed this chair to me. It's an antique. This watch was willed to me by my grandfather.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
To grant something to someone in a legal will: My grandfather willed all of his land to me.
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