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Will vs. Well

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  • Will (verb)

    To wish, desire (something). 9th-18th c.

    "Do what you will."

  • Will (verb)

    To wish or desire (that something happen); to intend (that). 9th-19th c.

  • Will (verb)

    To habitually do (a given action). from 9th c.

  • Will (verb)

    To choose to (do something), used to express intention but without any temporal connotations (+ bare infinitive). from 10th c.

  • Will (verb)

    Used to express the future tense, sometimes with some implication of volition when used in the first person. Compare shall. from 10th c.

  • Will (verb)

    To be able to, to have the capacity to. from 14th c.

    "Unfortunately, only one of these gloves will actually fit over my hand."

  • Will (verb)

    To wish, desire. 9th–19th c.

  • Will (verb)

    To instruct (that something be done) in one's will. from 9th c.

  • Will (verb)

    To try to make (something) happen by using one's will (intention). from 10th c.

    "All the fans were willing their team to win the game."

  • Will (verb)

    To bequeath (something) to someone in one's will (legal document). from 15th c.

    "He willed his stamp collection to the local museum."

  • Will (noun)

    One's independent faculty of choice; the ability to be able to exercise one's choice or intention. from 9th c.

    "Of course, man's will is often regulated by his reason."

  • Will (noun)

    One's intention or decision; someone's orders or commands. from 9th c.

    "Eventually I submitted to my parents' will."

  • Will (noun)

    The act of choosing to do something; a person’s conscious intent or volition. from 10th c.

    "Most creatures have a will to live."

  • Will (noun)

    A formal declaration of one's intent concerning the disposal of one's property and holdings after death; the legal document stating such wishes. from 14th c.

  • Will (noun)

    That which is desired; one's wish. from 10th c.

  • Will (noun)

    Desire, longing. (Now generally merged with later senses.) from 9th c.

    "He felt a great will to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land."

  • Well (adverb)

    Accurately, competently, satisfactorily.

    "He does his job well."

  • Well (adverb)

    Completely, fully.

    "a well done steak"

    "We’re well beat now."

  • Well (adverb)

    To a significant degree.

    "That author is well known."

  • Well (adverb)

    Very (as a general-purpose intensifier).

  • Well (adverb)

    In a desirable manner; so as one could wish; satisfactorily; favourably; advantageously.

  • Well (adjective)

    In good health.

    "I had been sick, but now I'm well."

  • Well (adjective)

    Good, content.

    "“How are you?” — “I'm well, thank you!”"

  • Well (adjective)

    Prudent; good; well-advised.

  • Well (interjection)

    Used to acknowledge a statement or situation.

    "“The car is broken.” “Well, we could walk to the movies instead.”"

    "“I didn't like the music.” “Well, I thought it was good.”"

    "“I forgot to pack the tent! Well, I guess we're sleeping under the stars tonight.”"

  • Well (interjection)

    An exclamation of surprise, often doubled or tripled.

    "Well, well, well, what do we have here?"

  • Well (interjection)

    An exclamation of indignance.

    "Well! There was no need to say that in front of my mother!"

  • Well (interjection)

    Used in speech to express the overcoming of reluctance to say something.

    "It was a bit... well... too loud."

  • Well (interjection)

    Used in speech to fill gaps; filled pause.

    "“So what have you been doing?” “Well, we went for a picnic, and then it started raining so we came home early.”"

  • Well (interjection)

    Used as a greeting

    "Well lads. How's things?"

  • Well (noun)

    A hole sunk into the ground as a source of water, oil, natural gas or other fluids.

  • Well (noun)

    A place where a liquid such as water surfaces naturally; a spring.

  • Well (noun)

    A small depression suitable for holding liquid or other objects.

    "Make a well in the dough mixture and pour in the milk."

  • Well (noun)

    A source of supply.

  • Well (noun)

    A vertical, cylindrical trunk in a ship, reaching down to the lowest part of the hull, through which the bilge pumps operate.

  • Well (noun)

    The cockpit of a sailboat.

  • Well (noun)

    A compartment in the middle of the hold of a fishing vessel, made tight at the sides, but having holes perforated in the bottom to let in water to keep fish alive while they are transported to market.

  • Well (noun)

    A vertical passage in the stern into which an auxiliary screw propeller may be drawn up out of the water.

  • Well (noun)

    A hole or excavation in the earth, in mining, from which run branches or galleries.

  • Well (noun)

    An opening through the floors of a building, as for a staircase or an elevator; a wellhole.

  • Well (noun)

    The open space between the bench and the counsel tables in a courtroom.

  • Well (noun)

    The lower part of a furnace, into which the metal falls.

  • Well (noun)

    A well drink.

    "They're having a special tonight: $1 wells."

  • Well (noun)

    The playfield of Tetris and similar video games, into which the blocks fall.

  • Well (noun)

    In a microtiter plate, each of the small equal circular or square sections which serve as test tubes.

  • Well (verb)

    To issue forth, as water from the earth; to flow; to spring.

  • Well (verb)

    To have something seep out of the surface.

    "Her eyes welled with tears."

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  • Will (noun)

    The power of choosing; the faculty or endowment of the soul by which it is capable of choosing; the faculty or power of the mind by which we decide to do or not to do; the power or faculty of preferring or selecting one of two or more objects.

  • Will (noun)

    The choice which is made; a determination or preference which results from the act or exercise of the power of choice; a volition.

  • Will (noun)

    The choice or determination of one who has authority; a decree; a command; discretionary pleasure.

  • Will (noun)

    Strong wish or inclination; desire; purpose.

  • Will (noun)

    That which is strongly wished or desired.

  • Will (noun)

    Arbitrary disposal; power to control, dispose, or determine.

  • Will (noun)

    The legal declaration of a person's mind as to the manner in which he would have his property or estate disposed of after his death; the written instrument, legally executed, by which a man makes disposition of his estate, to take effect after his death; testament; devise. See the Note under Testament, 1.

  • Will

    To wish; to desire; to incline to have.

  • Will

    As an auxiliary, will is used to denote futurity dependent on the verb. Thus, in first person, "I will" denotes willingness, consent, promise; and when "will" is emphasized, it denotes determination or fixed purpose; as, I will go if you wish; I will go at all hazards. In the second and third persons, the idea of distinct volition, wish, or purpose is evanescent, and simple certainty is appropriately expressed; as, "You will go," or "He will go," describes a future event as a fact only. To emphasize will denotes (according to the tone or context) certain futurity or fixed determination.

  • Will

    To form a distinct volition of; to determine by an act of choice; to ordain; to decree.

  • Will

    To enjoin or command, as that which is determined by an act of volition; to direct; to order.

  • Will

    To give or direct the disposal of by testament; to bequeath; to devise; as, to will one's estate to a child; also, to order or direct by testament; as, he willed that his nephew should have his watch.

  • Will (verb)

    To be willing; to be inclined or disposed; to be pleased; to wish; to desire.

  • Will (verb)

    To exercise an act of volition; to choose; to decide; to determine; to decree.

  • Well (noun)

    An issue of water from the earth; a spring; a fountain.

  • Well (noun)

    A pit or hole sunk into the earth to such a depth as to reach a supply of water, generally of a cylindrical form, and often walled with stone or bricks to prevent the earth from caving in.

  • Well (noun)

    A shaft made in the earth to obtain oil or brine.

  • Well (noun)

    Fig.: A source of supply; fountain; wellspring.

  • Well (noun)

    An inclosure in the middle of a vessel's hold, around the pumps, from the bottom to the lower deck, to preserve the pumps from damage and facilitate their inspection.

  • Well (noun)

    A hole or excavation in the earth, in mining, from which run branches or galleries.

  • Well (noun)

    An opening through the floors of a building, as for a staircase or an elevator; a wellhole.

  • Well (noun)

    The lower part of a furnace, into which the metal falls.

  • Well (verb)

    To issue forth, as water from the earth; to flow; to spring.

  • Well

    To pour forth, as from a well.

  • Well (adverb)

    In a good or proper manner; justly; rightly; not ill or wickedly.

  • Well (adverb)

    Suitably to one's condition, to the occasion, or to a proposed end or use; suitably; abundantly; fully; adequately; thoroughly.

  • Well (adverb)

    Fully or about; - used with numbers.

  • Well (adverb)

    In such manner as is desirable; so as one could wish; satisfactorily; favorably; advantageously; conveniently.

  • Well (adverb)

    Considerably; not a little; far.

  • Well (adjective)

    Good in condition or circumstances; desirable, either in a natural or moral sense; fortunate; convenient; advantageous; happy; as, it is well for the country that the crops did not fail; it is well that the mistake was discovered.

  • Well (adjective)

    Being in health; sound in body; not ailing, diseased, or sick; healthy; as, a well man; the patient is perfectly well.

  • Well (adjective)

    Being in favor; favored; fortunate.

  • Well (adjective)

    Safe; as, a chip warranted well at a certain day and place.

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  • Will (noun)

    the capability of conscious choice and decision and intention;

    "the exercise of their volition we construe as revolt"

  • Will (noun)

    a fixed and persistent intent or purpose;

    "where there's a will there's a way"

  • Will (noun)

    a legal document declaring a person's wishes regarding the disposal of their property when they die

  • Will (verb)

    decree or ordain;

    "God wills our existence"

  • Will (verb)

    have in mind;

    "I will take the exam tomorrow"

  • Will (verb)

    determine by choice;

    "This action was willed and intended"

  • Will (verb)

    leave or give by will after one's death;

    "My aunt bequeathed me all her jewelry"

    "My grandfather left me his entire estate"

  • Well (noun)

    a deep hole or shaft dug or drilled to obtain water or oil or gas or brine

  • Well (noun)

    a cavity or vessel used to contain liquid

  • Well (noun)

    an abundant source;

    "she was a well of information"

  • Well (noun)

    an open shaft through the floors of a building (as for a stairway)

  • Well (noun)

    an enclosed compartment in a ship or plane for holding something as e.g. fish or a plane's landing gear or for protecting something as e.g. a ship's pumps

  • Well (verb)

    come up;

    "Tears well in her eyes"

  • Well (adjective)

    in good health especially after having suffered illness or injury;

    "appears to be entirely well"

    "the wound is nearly well"

    "a well man"

    "I think I'm well; at least I feel well"

  • Well (adjective)

    resulting favorably;

    "its a good thing that I wasn't there"

    "it is good that you stayed"

    "it is well that no one saw you"

    "all's well that ends well"

  • Well (adjective)

    wise or advantageous and hence advisable;

    "it would be well to start early"

  • Well (adverb)

    (often used as a combining form) in a good or proper or satisfactory manner or to a high standard (`good' is a nonstandard dialectal variant for `well');

    "the children behaved well"

    "a task well done"

    "the party went well"

    "he slept well"

    "a well-argued thesis"

    "a well-planned party"

    "the baby can walk pretty good"

  • Well (adverb)

    thoroughly or completely; fully; often used as a combining form;

    "The problem is well understood"

    "she was well informed"

    "shake well before using"

    "in order to avoid food poisoning be sure the meat is well cooked"

    "well-done beef"

    "well-satisfied customers"

    "well-educated"

  • Well (adverb)

    indicating high probability; in all likelihood;

    "I might well do it"

    "a mistake that could easily have ended in disaster"

    "you may well need your umbrella"

    "he could equally well be trying to deceive us"

  • Well (adverb)

    (used for emphasis or as an intensifier) entirely or fully;

    "a book well worth reading"

    "was well aware of the difficulties ahead"

    "suspected only too well what might be going on"

  • Well (adverb)

    to a suitable or appropriate extent or degree;

    "the project was well underway"

    "the fetus has well developed organs"

    "his father was well pleased with his grades"

  • Well (adverb)

    favorably; with approval;

    "their neighbors spoke well of them"

    "he thought well of the book"

  • Well (adverb)

    to a great extent or degree;

    "I'm afraid the film was well over budget"

    "painting the room white made it seem considerably (or substantially) larger"

    "the house has fallen considerably in value"

    "the price went up substantially"

  • Well (adverb)

    with great or especially intimate knowledge;

    "we knew them well"

  • Well (adverb)

    with prudence or propriety;

    "You would do well to say nothing more"

    "could not well refuse"

  • Well (adverb)

    with skill or in a pleasing manner;

    "she dances well"

    "he writes well"

  • Well (adverb)

    in a manner affording benefit or advantage;

    "she married well"

    "The children were settled advantageously in Seattle"

  • Well (adverb)

    in financial comfort;

    "They live well"

    "she has been able to live comfortably since her husband died"

  • Well (adverb)

    without unusual distress or resentment; with good humor;

    "took the joke well"

    "took the tragic news well"

Princeton's WordNet
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