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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.
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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.
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will to

v.
To grant something to someone in a legal will: My grandfather willed all of his land to me.
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Mostly this term it's been greeted by grunts of 'lost' or me muttering swear words under my breath, after the Barnet game though I was willing someone to ask me.
if h "Then I could almost sense them encouraging him and then willing someone to get a doctor.
Thinking my key was safely tucked away in the aforementioned bag and the car would lock itself I was blissfully unaware that the key was actually sitting on the passenger seat willing someone to pinch this shiny new vehicle.
In fact, it was as if he was willing someone to air the subject.
He stands on his pedestal six feet tall, arms folded defiantly, right foot on the ball almost willing someone to DARE try to take it from him.