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Old English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]


From Proto-Germanic *wiljaną.


  • IPA(key): /ˈwil.lɑn/, [ˈwiɫ.ɫɑn]



  1. to want
    Hwæt wilt þū mā æt mē?
    What more do you want from me?
  2. to intend
    wolde þæt dōn!
    I meant to do that!
    Ne breġd þū nǣfre þīn sweord būtan þū his notian wille.
    Never draw your sword unless you intend to use it.
  3. to be willing
  4. used to express habitual behavior
  5. used to express futurity
    Hwæt lā wilt þū dōn, mē stingan?
    What are you gonna do, stab me?
  6. to want or intend to go (to or from somewhere)
    Hū oft wolde iċ heonan onweġ?
    How many times have I wanted to get away from here?
  7. used in the subjunctive past to express hypotheticals, where Modern English would use "would"
    wolde þē līcian ġif ic wisse ealle þīne dēagolnesse?
    How would you like it if I knew all your secrets?