He willed it back into health by helping New Yorkers believe again in themselves.
She even testified in court that she believed she had willed him dead.
He thought, remembered, and willed—distinct acts but all intertwined, and all him.
In fact, the surprise is not that she died so young, but that she willed herself to stay alive so long.
Another is that nuclear waste can not be willed out of existence as easily as it is created.
His colleagues lost all cohesion, and each acted as he willed.
I had counted on my brother's love, but God has willed that it should be otherwise.
In doing this I was actuated by two purposes; one was to save this property which had been willed to my husband by his father.
The tall German said never a word, but allowed the boys to do as they willed with him.
But Fate is stronger than all of us, and willed what has come to pass.
Old English *willan, wyllan "to wish, desire, want" (past tense wolde), from Proto-Germanic *welljan (cf. Old Saxon willian, Old Norse vilja, Old Frisian willa, Dutch willen, Old High German wellan, German wollen, Gothic wiljan "to will, wish, desire," Gothic waljan "to choose"). The Germanic words are from PIE *wel-/*wol- "be pleasing" (cf. Sanskrit vrnoti "chooses, prefers," varyah "to be chosen, eligible, excellent," varanam "choosing;" Avestan verenav- "to wish, will, choose;" Greek elpis "hope;" Latin volo, velle "to wish, will, desire;" Old Church Slavonic voljo, voliti "to will," veljo, veleti "to command;" Lithuanian velyti "to wish, favor," pa-vel-mi "I will," viliuos "I hope;" Welsh gwell "better").
Cf. also Old English wel "well," literally "according to one's wish;" wela "well-being, riches." The use as a future auxiliary was already developing in Old English. The implication of intention or volition distinguishes it from shall, which expresses or implies obligation or necessity. Contracted forms, especially after pronouns, began to appear 16c., as in sheele for "she will." The form with an apostrophe is from 17c.
Old English will, willa, from Proto-Germanic *weljon (cf. Old Saxon willio, Old Norse vili, Old Frisian willa, Dutch wil, Old High German willio, German wille, Gothic wilja "will"), related to *willan "to wish" (see will (v.)). The meaning "written document expressing a person's wishes about disposition of property after death" is first recorded late 14c.