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Old English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]


From Proto-Germanic *wiljaną, from Proto-Indo-European *welh₁-. Cognate with Old Frisian willa (West Frisian wolle), Old Saxon willian, Dutch willen, Old Norse vilja (Danish ville, Swedish vilja), Gothic 𐍅𐌹𐌻𐌾𐌰𐌽 (wiljan). The alternative Proto-Germanic form *waljaną gave Old High German wollen (German wollen).

The Proto-Indo-European root is also the source of Latin velle, Proto-Slavic *velěti (whence Old Church Slavonic велѣти (velěti), Russian велеть (veletʹ)), Lithuanian vélmi.




  1. to want
    Mīn dohtor wile bēon lǣċe.
    My daughter wants to be a doctor.
    Þū woldest wiþ mē sprecan?
    You wanted to speak with me?
    Hwæt wilt þū mā æt mē?
    What more do you want from me?
  2. to intend
    wolde þæt dōn!
    I meant to do that!
  3. to be willing
  4. used to express habitual behavior
  5. used to express futurity
  6. to want or intend to go (to or from somewhere)