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Related to willed: occasional, midst, tenacity

will away

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.
See also: away, will

will on

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.
See also: on, will

will to

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.
See also: to, will
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

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.
See also: away, will

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.
See also: to, will
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

will to

v.
To grant something to someone in a legal will: My grandfather willed all of his land to me.
See also: to, will
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Jesus' death on the cross was not willed by the Father but orchestrated by the religious and political leaders of his time.
Los Angeles [USA], Oct.25 ( ANI ): Late Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington has willed his entire estate to his family.
Still, Greenberg conceded that most Orthodox rabbis did not sign on to the statement because they reject the idea that it is the will of God to reach out to gentiles through Christianity, and that Christianity is a divinely willed phenomenon.
As he bounded on stage, a sympathetic audience willed him to hang on in there.
The roles of the Albanian actors are a weak willed choice between two bad options, Daut Dauti comments for Dnevnik and wonders what could the Albanian parties and their MPs do on 24 December.
I WAS glued to the golf on Sunday night as I willed on Rory McIllroy in the final round of the Tour Championship over in Atlanta.
In his response Cunningham asks "[whether] it is possible for members of one religious community to acknowledge that the Other may have a different but nonetheless divinely willed religious encounter with the one God that leads to a distinct, evolving tradition in which the outsider does not participate and [which] possibly includes aspects that the outsider would reject" (53).
The Arab woman is unique: strong willed, brave, wise and yet so gently feminine.
As winter approaches, it is great to see the poor weak willed smokers standing about in the rain and cold taking a hit of tar, chemicals and the dreaded nicotine instead of applying a little self control and giving up.
Johnson, who died two years ago, willed the house and Its surrounding 47-acre property in New Canaan, Conn., to the public and the tours take in not only this famed house, but several other structures on the compound.
Jean must postpone her first big legal case to battle, instead, her grandmother and uncle over the land willed to her mother.
willed Himself to take on flesh, be born into poverty, live with us for a while, and be crucified so that we might live.
CoGS did not act on a recommendation from the financial committee that the national church no longer include unspecified bequests (funds willed to General Synod) in future budgets.
The Willed Body Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), which was suspended in March 2004 after a scandal in which two employees engaged in selling body parts from cadavers that had been donated to its school of medicine, will be allowed to open soon, according to the Los Angeles Times.