Definition of at will in English:

at will


  • At whatever time or in whatever way one pleases.

    ‘he seemed to think he could walk in and out of her life at will’
    • ‘Since it can shut down oil production at will, it is a fight the union is likely to win.’
    • ‘Few, if any, other counties possess such strong forwards who can switch positions at will.’
    • ‘Everyone in this film is going slowly insane, doing drugs, and killing at will.’
    • ‘If officials can take away peasants' land at will, what other civic rights would be left to them?’
    • ‘Suddenly United found themselves dominating possession and creating opportunities at will.’
    • ‘That is why they give awards for acting, not for crying or laughing at will.’
    • ‘The pack was very powerful and were cutting holes through their Galway opposition at will.’
    • ‘But those with shopping to do and time budgets need to be able to put their buys in the car boot and return to the shops at will.’
    • ‘My freedom to roam at will conflicts with the farmer's need to make a living and to rear the crops and livestock we all need to exist.’
    • ‘Anyway, I am beginning to settle into the house, now that I can enter and leave at will.’
    as one pleases, as one wishes, as one thinks fit, to suit oneself, at one's pleasure, at one's discretion, at one's inclination, at whim
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