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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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Is he willing us to send him home to the Mediterranean?
"Our team spirit is coming on more and you can hear the fans willing us to come and do something, a bit of magic," said Stockdale.
That's a great feeling, knowing someone like Rory, who's an absolute star, the best at what he does in the world, is willing us to do well?
"Everyone around the country will be willing us to win, unless you're a Palace supporter of course.
Yet some are willing us to head down some dead end routes.
"They've been willing us to score but we haven't converted the pressure we have had at home.
He said: "I have been farming since I was 16 years old and it is the first time that we have had companies fighting for our milk and willing us to sign supply contracts, it puts us in a very strong position.
"I have been willing us to get one and it has been individual mistakes that have really cost us."
"I can still remember the coaches to this day, spurring us on while I was a young player for my local team and willing us to do well.
It's a milestone game and our fans will be willing us to get a win for local bragging rights.
"The fans have been very supportive towards us and they were willing us to win this game, creating a terrific atmosphere."