Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Of one’s own free will; freely and spontaneously.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a willing manner; with free will; without reluctance; cheerfully.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a willing manner.
  • Specifically— Of one's own will, choice, or consent; voluntarily; knowingly.
  • Readily; cheerfully.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in a willing manner

Etymologies

willing +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • His gentle doe went willingly to the covert of the wolf -- _willingly_, I repeat.

    The Wild Huntress Love in the Wilderness

  • Amit, I’m sure has had a different set of experiences with the term, and almost assuredly did not pick the term willingly to apply to himself as I did.

    JPPPI Don’t Like Frum People | Jewschool

  • You are the reason why the democratic party will be divided, the one that you follow so willingly is the reason that this party will be divided, how could you possibly know the man that you call yourselves supporting, when he is supposed to be the candidate of unity, but his followers are so nasty and divisive.

    Clinton rallies union in Puerto Rico

  • Protest votes are one thing, but the sheer size of the shift in religious and evangelical votes in these seven races seems to show that when values voters are taken seriously, they will venture out willingly from the Republican fold.

    Closing the God Gap

  • I will not share pain willingly, but I will be the strong shoulder for anyone who wants to vent or spill.

    How To Lose a Friend in 10 Months | Her Bad Mother

  • My understanding soared as it just drew me in willingly at every conceivable emotional level.

    Booker-thon- Kalooki Nights by Howard Jacobson.

  • There we go being cowards again -- willingly moving and working for less than 50% of what we earned in NYC.

    the prize

  • The code required some improvements, but the captain willingly put in the time, and by January of 2004 he had come up with a tidy package, written in English, of course — a gift from the people of Maryland to those of Iraq.

    Welcome to the Green Zone

  • "My lord, I would have bargained with the devil, and met his terms willingly, to save your life."

    Gentle Warrior

  • He brought as many as he pleased, and as often as it pleased him; and it was her pride to provide Cleopatra banquets for the lover whose anxieties were soothed by them, and to whom she sacrificed her name willingly in return for a generosity that certain chance whispers of her heart elevated to the pitch of measureless.

    Diana of the Crossways — Volume 4

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  • Yueh mentioned this word when Jessica was apologizing for bringing him to Arrakis.

    June 12, 2012