The many meanings of “will”
Will is a word with many meanings. Many people only know the meaning related to the future tense.
Ex: “I will see you later”, but there are other uses.
1. Will (noun and verb) also refers to a legal document that you write before your death. It is also called your “last will and testament” and determines who gets your possessions (house, car, land, etc).
Ex (verb): He willed his daughter his house in the country.
Ex (noun): Her will was not very clear and caused a lot of confusion.
2. The word “will” also refers to desire or volition.
Ex: He is willing to come to the meeting but his boss won’t let him = He wants to come to the meeting but his boss won’t let him.
Ex: She is a strong-willed person and always gets what she wants = She has a strong character and always gets what she wants.
Ex: When you are on a diet you need to have lots of will power (common expression) = When you are on a diet you need to have power over your desires (self control).
Ex: “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” This common expression means: Where there is desire, there is a possibility for fulfilling it.
If you want to go to a concert in a nearby town but have no money for transportation, you will borrow the money or hitchhike (stand on the road and ask for a ride by showing your thumb) or ride your bike or ask a friend to take you – anything! In this case, we see that with enough desire, anything is possible and we say, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
3. The name “Will” is also short for William. A famous example is Will Smith.
All of the above possibilities mean that we can make sentences like:
He will will Will the house as long as Will is willing to finish university = He is going to give Will the house as long as Will agrees (wants to) to finish university.