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willing ‎(comparative more willing, superlative most willing)

  1. Ready to do something that is not (can't be expected as) a matter of course.
    If my boyfriend isn't willing to change his drinking habits, I will split up with him.
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 5, The Celebrity:
      In the eyes of Mr. Farquhar Fenelon Cooke the apotheosis of the Celebrity was complete. The people of Asquith were not only willing to attend the house-warming, but had been worked up to the pitch of eagerness. The Celebrity as a matter of course was master of ceremonies.
    • 2013 June 7, David Simpson, “Fantasy of navigation”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 188, number 26, page 36: 
      Like most human activities, ballooning has sponsored heroes and hucksters and a good deal in between. For every dedicated scientist patiently recording atmospheric pressure and wind speed while shivering at high altitudes, there is a carnival barker with a bevy of pretty girls willing to dangle from a basket or parachute down to earth.


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willing ‎(plural willings)

  1. (rare or obsolete) The execution of a will.



  1. present participle of will

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