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Willing, Wil(l)and, ppl. adj. Also: willeng, villing. [ME and e.m.E. wiling (Cursor M.), willyng (1509); pres. p. of Wil(l) v.1 l c.]

a. predic. Desirous, eager to do (something). b. predic. Disposed, ready, prepared to do (something), chiefly to comply with (something). c. attrib. Deriving from a ready will. Cf. also Ill-willing adj., Wele willand ppl. adj. a. Anthenore … willand hys perdicioune All to compleyne … He travaled [etc.]; Troy-bk. ii 1047 (C).
Anthenor, in Troye not willand To duelle … Of hys will syne away hym maid; Troy-bk. ii 1451.
The said lord … nawyis willing to impeid the publict peax for [etc.]; 1580 Reg. Privy C. III 324.
The Britonis, willing to cast aff thair kaiuel and sair tyred to keip it langre; Dalr. I 212/13.
We ressauit ȝour lordship's letter villing us to inform ȝour lordship of [etc.]; 1604 Reg. Morton I 191.
The King willing to pas the rewer of Spay in ane littill bark … wes be accident drownitt; Chron. Kings 43.
The which I willing to see, I entreated my associats to accompany me thither; Lithgow Trav. iii 101.
b. Otheris quhilkis ar villing to renow condamnit heresis; Q. Kennedy Breif Tract. (ed.) 112/12.
I shalbe most willeng to accomplesh your disier; 1576 Douglas Corr. 213.
He salbe utterlie wrakkit and willing thairfoir to use sum lenitie; 1582 Reg. Privy C. III 532.
He moved the Lard of Anstruther to be willing to dispone … the right of the teind fisches to the paroche; 1600 Melvill 8.
Euer habill and willing to supplie him; Colville Paraenese Ep. 62.
Thairfor the session being villing to forder such an nesessarie vork … hes grantit to give them out of the box 10 libs.; 1642 Alyth Kirk Sess. in Sc. N. & Q. XII 60.
(b) As tuitching the visitatioun of the seik … he was evermair maist wiland and glad to wissie the puirest creatour being … requyreit thairunto; 1583 Misc. Wodrow Soc. 460.
c. Of thair willing offer of all courtesye and plesour in quhatsoever thay might be stedable unto ws; 1594 Warrender P. MS IA 109.

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