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willing

[wil-ing] /ˈwɪl ɪŋ/
adjective
1.
disposed or consenting; inclined:
willing to go along.
2.
cheerfully consenting or ready:
a willing worker.
3.
done, given, borne, used, etc., with cheerful readiness.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English. See will2, -ing2
Related forms
willingly, adverb
willingness, noun
overwilling, adjective
overwillingly, adverb
overwillingness, noun
prewilling, adjective
prewillingly, adverb
prewillingness, noun
quasi-willing, adjective
quasi-willingly, adverb
Synonyms
1. minded.
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British Dictionary definitions for willingly

willing

/ˈwɪlɪŋ/
adjective
1.
favourably disposed or inclined; ready
2.
cheerfully or eagerly compliant
3.
done, given, accepted, etc, freely or voluntarily
Derived Forms
willingly, adverb
willingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for willingly

willing

adj.

Old English willendliche; see will (v.).

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