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Will, subst. 1) the faculty of the mind by which we desire and purpose: “so true a fool is love that in your w., though you do any thing, he thinks no ill,” Sonn. 57, 13. “he wants wit that wants resolved w. to learn his wit to exchange the bad for better,” Gent. II, 6, 12. “he is the bridle of your w.” Err. II, 1, 13. “let your w. attend on their accords,” Err. II, 1, 13 “a sharp wit matched with too blunt a w.” LLL II, 49. LLL II, 49 “the w. of man is by his reason swayed,” Mids. II, 2, 115. “the w. of a living daughter,” Merch. I, 2, 26. “all too late comes counsel to be heard, where w. doth mutiny with wit's regard,” R2 II, 1, 28. “so was his w. in his old feeble body,” H6B V, 3, 13. Troil. I, 3, 122. II, 2, 179. Rom. IV, 1, 72. Caes. II, 2, 71. Hml. I, 3, 95. II, 1, 104. III, 1, 80. Oth. I, 3, 324.
2) a particular operation or effect of that faculty: a) disposition, inclination, bent of mind: “what wit sels down is blotted straight with w.” Lucr. 1299 (wit and w. corresponding to the words conceit and grief in the line before). “our shows are more than w., for still we prove much in our vows, but little in our love,” Tw. II, 4, 120. “Scotland hath w. to help, but cannot help,” H6C III, 3, 34. “a slave to each incensed w.” H8 I, 2, 65. “not friended by his wish, to your high person his w. is most malignant,” H8 I, 2, 65 “value dwells not in particular w.” Troil. II, 2, 53. “the w. dotes that is attributive to . . .,” Troil. II, 2, 53 my election is led on in the conduct of my w.; my w. enkindled by mine eyes and ears, two traded pilots 'twixt the dangerous shores of w. and judgment: how may I avoid, although my w. distaste what it elected, the wife I chose? 62--66. “there is between my w. and all offences a guard of patience,” V, 2, 53. “I have no w. to wander forth of doors,” Caes. III, 3, 3. “one may smell in such a w. most rank,” Oth. III, 3, 232. with your w. == as you choose, as you think good: “then with your w. go on,” Caes. IV, 3, 224.
Good w. == 1) willingness; good intention: “my good w. is to it, and yours it is against,” Tp. III, 1, 30. “pray God our cheer may answer my good w.” Err. III, 1, 20. “heart and good w.” IV, 4, 88. “here with all good w. . . I yield you up my part,” Mids. III, 2, 164. “if we offend, it is with our good w.” V, 108. “I will do my good w.” H4B III, 2, 167 (== my best). he that has but effected his good w. hath overta'en mine act, Cor. 1, 9, 1, 9 “your good w. must have that thanks,” V, 1, 45. Caes. V, 5, 51. Ant. II, 5, 8. Per. III, 4, 18. 2) favor, benevolence, love: “what dear good w. I bear unto Valentine,” Gent. IV, 3, 14. “to remember my good w.” IV, 4, 103. “can you carry your good w. to the maid?” Wiv. I, 1, 238 (Evans' speech). “I tell you for good w.” IV, 5, 81 & 90 (out of friendship. Evans' and Caius' speeches). “if a' could get her good w.” Ado II, 1, 18. Ado II, 1, 18 Shr. I, 1, 86. H5 IV, 8, 73. H6A IV, 1, 54. H8 III, 1, 68. Hml. II, 2, 22. Ill w. == enmity, hate; cf. Ill-will. 3) accord, consent, approbation: “I hope I have your good w., father Page,” Wiv. III, 2, 61. III, 4, 86. IV, 4, 84. “I'll fetch my sister, to get her good w.” Err. III, 2, 70. “my w. is your good w. may stand with ours,” Ado V, 4, 28. “his good w. obtained,” II, 1, 311. “with his good w.” Shr. I, 1, 6. “without asking my good w.” V, 1, 137. All's I, 3, 19. All's I, 3, 19 II, 4, 15. Lr. V, 3, 79. by her good w. == of her own accord, voluntarily: Ven. 479. of thine own good w. == of thy own accord, R2 IV, 177. “on my free w.” Ant. III, 6, 57. by my w. == of my own accord, or with my consent: Ven. 639. Ado III, 3, 67. Tw. III, 3, 1. H4B IV, 1, 159. Troil. II, 3, 202.
b) arbitrary disposal, command, authority: “bidding the law make courtesy to their w.” Meas. II, 4, 175. “whose w. stands but mine?” H6A I, 3, 11. “we must not rend our subjects from our laws and stick them in our w.” H8 I, 2, 94. “every thing includes itself in power, power into w., w. into appetite,” Troil. I, 3, 120. “to curb the w. of the nobility,” Cor. III, 1, 39. “making your --s the scope of justice,” Tim. V, 4, 4. “bid my w. avouch it,” Mcb. III, 1, 120. “their law's their w.” Per. I, 1, 103.
c) divine determination: “the --s above be done,” Tp. I, 1, 71. Wint. III, 3, 7. “oppose against their --s,” V, 1, 46. “the w. of God,” H5 I, 2, 289. V, 1, 34. R2 I, 2, 6. H6B III, 1, 86. Cymb. V, 1, 16. “by God's w.!” H6A II, 4, 82. “God's w.!” Wiv. III, 1, 62. H5 IV, 3, 23. H5 IV, 3, 23 IV, 8, 2. H8 II, 3, 12. Rom. III, 3, 76. Oth. II, 3, 161 (Ff fie, fie). “od's blessed w.” Wiv. I, 1, 273. “od's my w.” As IV, 3, 17.
d) intention, desire: “one relying on your lordship's w.” Gent. I, 3, 61. “my w. is something sorted with his wish,” Gent. I, 3, 61 “how she opposes her against my w.” III, 2, 26. “my w. is even this, that . . .,” IV, 2, 93. “always obedient to your grace's w.” Meas. I, 1, 26. “is it your will Claudio shall die to-morrow?” II, 2, 7. Err. III, 2, 174. IV, 1, 112. Mids. I, 1, 87. Mids. I, 1, 87 All's IV, 4, 30. John II, 193. H8 I, 2, 13. Hml. III, 3, 39. III, 2, 221. Lr. I, 1, 44. Oth. I, 3, 399. Ant. IV, 6, 2. IV, 9, 14 etc. “to do one's w.” Cor. III, 2, 137. Caes. IV, 1, 27. V, 3, 48. “to have one's w.” Err. IV, 2, 18. H6C I, 4, 144. IV, 1, 16. IV, 1, 16 H8 II, 1, 167. Cymb. I, 6, 8. what is your w.? == what do you want, what is your pleasure? Gent. IV, 2, 92. Wiv. II, 2, 164. III, 4, 58. Meas. II, 2, 26. II, 3, 2. III, 1, 153. III, 1, 153 Mids. IV, 1, 23. Tit. V, 2, 152. Tim. I, 2, 123 etc. “your w.?” Tw. I, 5, 180. Ant. I, 2, 7. III, 13, 46. III, 13, 46 “what's your w. with me?” Gent. III, 1, 3. Shr. Ind. 2, 105. H4A II, 4, 555. Tim. II, 2, 15.
In other cases also == pleasure: “on my frailties why are frailer spies, which in their --s count bad what I think good?” Sonn. 121, 8. “to commend their service to his w.” Gent. I, 3, 42. “make their --s their law,” V, 4, 14. “is she wedded or no? To her w., sir, or so,” LLL II, 212. “wit, an't be thy w., put me into good fooling,” Tw. I, 5, 35. “I danced attendance on his w.” H6B I, 3, 174. direct me, if it be your w., where great Aufidius “lives,” Cor. IV, 4, 7. “he stays upon your w.” Ant. I, 2, 119. at w. == at pleasure: “a very trick for them to play at w.” Wint. II, 1, 52. Cor. I, 6, 39. Oth. II, 1, 150. “at one's w.” Caes. II, 1, 17. Hml. I, 2, 63. Cymb. IV, 3, 13.
e) carnal desire: “the sundry dangers of his --'s obtaining,” Lucr. 128. Lucr. 128 “my w. is strong, past reason's weak removing,” Lucr. 128 “hot-burning w.” Lucr. 128 “the locks between her chamber and his w.” Lucr. 128 “in his w. his wilful eye he tired,” Lucr. 128 “where thou with patience must my w. abide,” Lucr. 128 Lucr. 128 Lucr. 128 Lucr. 128 “his taste delicious, in digestion souring, devours his w.” Lucr. 128 “he hath studied her w. and translated her w.” Wiv. I, 3, 54. “yielding up thy body to my w.” Meas. II, 4, 164. “never could maintain his part but in the force of his w.” Ado I, 1, 239 (in the heat of lust, when he put up with what was offered). All's IV, 3, 19. H5 V, 2, 356. Rom. II, 3, 28. Hml. I, 5, 46. III, 4, 88. Lr. IV, 6, 278. Oth. III, 3, 236. Ant. III, 13, 3. Cymb. I, 6, 47. cf., above all, the various plays on the word in Cymb. I, 6, 47. Cymb. I, 6, 47 Cymb. I, 6, 47
f) a testament: Lucr. 1198. Pilgr. 138. Wiv. III, 4, 60. Merch. I, 2, 27. Merch. I, 2, 27 Merch. I, 2, 27 As I, 1, 2. As I, 1, 2 Tw. I, 5, 265. John I, 109. II, 192. R2 III, 2, 148. Troil. V, 10, 53. Rom. I, 1, 208. Tim. V, 1, 30. Caes. III, 2, 134. Caes. III, 2, 134 Caes. III, 2, 134 Caes. III, 2, 134 Caes. III, 2, 134 Caes. III, 2, 134 Caes. III, 2, 134 Caes. III, 2, 134 Caes. III, 2, 134 Caes. III, 2, 134 IV, 1, 8. Ant. III, 4, 4. Per. I, 1, 47.
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