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[wil-ing] /ˈwɪl ɪŋ/
disposed or consenting; inclined:
willing to go along.
cheerfully consenting or ready:
a willing worker.
done, given, borne, used, etc., with cheerful readiness.
Origin of willing
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
1. minded. Unabridged
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  • There they willingly feed it regurgitated liquids mouth to mouth, a diet it supplements by eating the ants' brood.
  • Each culture in the world has borrowed attributes from other cultures whether knowingly or not, willingly or not.
  • It sounded a bit mad, the idea of a bird having lessons to practice, and willingly doing it.
  • She did this, but it was easy to see that she did not do it willingly.
  • But when not ovulating, females mate willingly with unadorned males and those past their prime, the scientists discovered.
  • Brave explorers willingly go on dangerous expeditions.
  • But few who had tasted life there willingly gave it up.
  • No one leaves willingly-everyone is eventually defeated or dies in office.
  • Sad that you would willingly deny people access to life saving medicine because of your own personal prejudices.
  • But technologies at the forefront take time to build and develop, and nature rarely reveals its secrets willingly.
British Dictionary definitions for willingly


favourably disposed or inclined; ready
cheerfully or eagerly compliant
done, given, accepted, etc, freely or voluntarily
Derived Forms
willingly, adverb
willingness, noun
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Word Origin and History for willingly



Old English willendliche; see will (v.).

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