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Wil(l, v.2 Also: vill, wel. Pres. t. -(i)s. P.t., p.p. -it, -id, -ed. [ME and e.m.E. will (Layamon), wyll (1454), ME also wil (1412), p.t. wijld (Cursor M.), e.m.E. also willet p.t. (1524), OE willian, Wil(l n.] tr.

1. a. Const. simple object: To wish, desire, also with implications of intention. = Wil(l v.1 1. b. With infin. obj. Cf. Wil(l v.1 3. c. fig.Of a thing: To require, demand. a. That all burges sonnys … thoucht expedient be provest bailyeis [etc.] … and to be villit be thame [etc.]; 1515 Aberd. B. Rec. I 444.
Our nixt nichtbouris … That oftentymis to Scottis willit [Moir, McD. wald do gud, 1594 wissit] lytill gude; Wall. (1570) i 8.
He that will the principal … he willis the accessour; Abell 83a.
b. The … counsall … ordanis to roupe the vacand commoun aikeris … and quha willis geve maist penny thairfor salbe hard; 1536–7 (c1580) Edinb. B. Rec. II 83.
I put my hand to the paper to wryte, Of ane difference that I have willit copy [F. que je voulu transcrire]; Buch. Detect. (1727) 129.
I beleif your hienes princlie naturall neuir willit to daill mair straitlie with me nor with vtheris; 15… Misc. Spald. C. II 333.
c. Ȝour wirth … welis me honor and luiff ȝow maire; 1610 Southesk MSS 14.

2. To grant by means of a legal process; to will, bequeath. The said Schir Walter … grantis & willis the said assignatione be extendit only to his awin person; 1587–8 Prot. Bk. J. Inglis 9 March.
To Johne Colquhoun … he willis to be gevin fyve hundreth merkis; 1617 Colquhoun Chart. 231.

3. To ask, enjoin, order, command (someone) to do (something). pres. The letter … willing him, yf he wes not able to keepe the House of Birsay, to reteir him … to Caithnes; 1614 Crim. Trials III 307.
Ane lettre to Duncane Campbell … desiring him to deale with the keepairs of the house willing thame to go away; 1615 Highland P. III 233.
Thair come ane man to hir … willing hir to ask quhat scho waild; 1623 Perth Kirk S. MS 14 May.
And thairfore we will and require yow to send [etc.]; 1625 Aberd. Council Lett. I 236.
I leiue him al my salt panis and wilis him to big mei; 1644 11th Rep. Hist. MSS. App. vi 56.
Mr. Charles Wardlaw … declares he will exerces his office no longer but demitts and thair foir wills and requyrs the baillies and counsall to … proceid to ane new election; 1676 Dunferm. Ann. 346.
p.t. Heirunto consented … the baronis, and willed the reassonaris for the parte of the Quene to will hir Grace … that it wold please hir Grace to send such as sche wold appoint to hear whatsoever was proponed; Knox II 297.
Cambuskineth wrat me for to come to Newcastel, quer he wilid me … to advertise yow in his proseding; 1583 Colville Lett. 238.
The haill towne being convenit … consentit to the bying of the Trinitie Freris place … and willit and desyrit the prouest and baillies to [etc.]; 1597 Aberd. B. Rec. II 152.
Thai thoght meitt to make the first offer thairof … and thairfore willit us to convein the commissioneris; 1625 Aberd. Council Lett. I 236.
He … willed them to hinder the subscriptione of the Covenant; J. Gordon Hist. I 96.
p.p. Being willit to geve occatioun to utheris hir hienes liegis to maik policy; 1553–4 Reg. Privy S. IV 412/2.
He was willit as afore na wayis to haue intelligence or resort to the foreyne ambassadouris; 1568 Hosack Mary Q. of Scots I 527.
Quhome I have willit to communicat to you my mynde and opinion in all thingis; 1590 Lett. Jas. VI to Bruce 284.
The presbyterie hes willit that the same be haldin one Wednesday; 1599 Aberd. Eccl. Rec. 168.
My soune … hes wilit me to plant a greit manay meie [trees]; c1637 Innes Sketches 520.

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