There are 2 main translations of will in Spanish

: will1will2


Pronunciation /wɪl//wɪl/


  • 1

    • 1.1(talking about the future)

      he'll come on Friday vendrá el viernes
      • he said he would come on Friday dijo que vendría / iba a venir el viernes
      • he won't ever change his ways no va a cambiar nunca
      • will you be staying at Jack's? ¿te vas a quedar en casa de Jack?
      • they'll've finished the bridge by then para entonces ya habrán acabado el puente
      • I knew they would have finished it yo sabía que lo habrían acabado / que lo iban a haber acabado
      • at the end of this month, he'll have been working here for a year este fin de mes hará / va a hacer un año que trabaja aquí
      • you'll live to regret this te vas a arrepentir de esto
      • it was a decision he would live to regret fue una decisión de la cual se iba a arrepentir / se arrepentiría más tarde
      • you won't leave without me, will you? no te irás sin mí ¿no?
      • Examples of these different types of regimes will be given in the next section.
      • Whatever he says over the next day or two, I expect he will probably take a year off and then decide what to do.
      • The committee will also explore different ways of funding light rail to reduce costs.
      • As the river gets deeper the stronger current will start to take you downstream.
      • The tax will not be for life, and will stop when the fees have been paid off.
      • Each celebrity will be taking three penalties and a trophy will be presented to the winning side.
      • Organisers hope a celebrity guest will be present for the day, which was a huge success last year.
      • When he finally gets to see the contract, he will, in all probability, laugh as much as I did.
      • He will also present his views on what has been achieved so far and what is yet to come.
      • If the developers decide to put the road on part of the track bed then the town council will be powerless to stop them.
      • Clarke will know that if he performs well he will be in a strong position to bid for the premiership.
      • Pupils from Tong School will present a piece of drama based on substance misuse.
      • During the festival he will present a series of new sculptural and printed works.
      • It is usually a busy holiday weekend on the roads - but this year will be different.
      • Capacity plans will be examined further in the next few months, but are not expected to change.
      • From strong clumps you will get a great display of flowers that last for a long time.
      • Alcohol loosens tongues and will allow you to say things you will truly regret later.
      • Soon there will be bitter regret at all the public land being squandered irredeemably.
      • Now that she has settled into the British way of life the move to Bradford is one she will never regret.
      • There is an expectation that there will be a reduction in staff numbers in the UK.

    • 1.2(expressing resolution)

      I won't let you down no te fallaré
      • It just takes so long to get the help needed but I'm so much stronger now and I know I will get through it.
      • As long as smoking exists in a legal capacity I will continue to smoke in designated areas.
      • If you make something special and powerful and honest and true, you will succeed.
      • Some health professionals also advocate cutting down if smokers cannot or will not stop.
      • I will stand in the water and look at my stretching belly and thank Lakshmi for my great good luck.
      • I will stop being so silly and spontaneous and open towards everyone and everything.
      • We are people who stand by our friends at times of need and we will do so now.
      • This is an ideal taster before you rush out and buy the album - which you inevitably will.
      • One day we will succeed; it may take a long time, but finally, my generation – the first global generation – will fully understand the value of nature.
      • The welfare of the tree is our main concern and we will do what we can to protect it.
      • In fact, I will continue laying the table outside until everyone refuses to join me.
      • I will persist until I succeed.
      • As President, I will not wait for a green light from abroad when our safety is at stake.
      • We will stop the menace, so our children can once again play safely on the green.
      • You have to be very strong because you will get knockbacks and you'll have to reassess.
      • We are a very strong team and we will turn it around.
      • There will therefore be no accidents, no speeding, no road rage and no idiotic driving.
      • We will win the title easily and at least a cup competition like the European or FA Cup.
      • You have to believe in your own ability and that you will keep your place in the side.

  • 2

    • 2.1(expressing willingness)

      will you do me a favor? ¿me haces un favor?
      • she won't tell us what happened no nos quiere decir qué pasó
      • we asked her, but she wouldn't tell us se lo preguntamos, pero no nos quiso decir
      • I won't stand for this no pienso tolerar esto
      • as you will! como quieras
      • try as he will, he can't do it por mucho que lo intenta, no logra hacerlo
      • Neither man will give his consent for the use of the embryos, which is required by law.
      • He is keen to cater to all and if requested will happily search out brands he doesn't already stock.
      • The fact that some retailers will accept euros is not an argument for replacing the pound.
      • For her vacation, Julie decides to go wherever the first car that stops will take her.
      • On the surface it promotes the idea that the New York Times will cover all newsworthy events.
      • Bury is not hosting any official events, but will help groups to organise parties.

    • 2.2(in orders)

      will you stop interrupting! ¡quieres dejar de interrumpirme!
      • be quiet, will you! cállate, ¿quieres?
      • By the way, you will stop me when I get a title graphic up that everyone likes won't you?

    • 2.3(in invitations)

      will you have a drink? ¿quieres tomar algo?
      • won't you come in? ¿no quieres pasar?
      • you'll stay for dinner, won't you? te quedas a cenar ¿no?

  • 3

    (expressing conjecture)
    there's a package for you — that'll be the books I ordered hay un paquete para ti — deben (de) ser los libros que encargué
    • won't they be having lunch now? ¿no estarán comiendo ahora?
    • you will have gathered that … te habrás dado cuenta de que …
    • that would have been in 1947 eso debe (de) haber sido en 1947
    • we had a long chat, but you wouldn't remember charlamos un rato largo, pero tú no te acordarás / no creo que tú te acuerdes
    • Since this is a matter of probabilities, it will often not be easy to calculate.
    • The anger felt in the Square Mile will probably not be comprehensible to him, but it is real.
    • However often the symptoms will be present for some months or years before help is sought.
    • On reflection, Moss will probably feel he should have done a little better from close range.
    • Some will have strong links with churches and faith groups and community centres.
  • 4

    • 4.1(indicating habit, characteristic)

      she'll be quite happy and all of a sudden she'll burst out crying es capaz de estar de lo más contenta y de repente echarse a llorar
      • I'll watch anything on television yo soy capaz de mirar cualquier cosa en la televisión
      • he'd go out and get drunk every Saturday todos los sábados salía a emborracharse
      • they'd sit up all night discussing politics solían quedarse levantados toda la noche hablando de política
      • don't worry, these things will happen no te preocupes, son cosas que pasan
      • oil and water won't mix el aceite y el agua no se mezclan
      • he will jump to conclusions él siempre tiene que precipitarse a sacar conclusiones
      • what do you expect, if you will keep spoiling him? ¿qué quieres, si lo mimas continuamente?
      • you won't be told, will you? ¡qué cosa! ¿por qué no haces caso?
      • They will do this at a certain time of day and the great thing is to break them of the habit.
      • If you are a few feet away from the bus stop or running towards it, the driver will not stop for you.
      • The strongest animals will never allow themselves to be captured and put in cages.
      • All I have to do is walk down the street and kids and adults will stop and gawk at me.
      • Americans will do anything to avoid a drawn match and in baseball they do anything.
      • He is a strong character and will make people listen to him, but he always has the argument to back his ideas up.

    • 4.2(indicating capability)

      it will do 40 miles per gallon hace 40 millas por galón
      • this door won't shut esta puerta no cierra / no quiere cerrar
      • the car wouldn't start, so I took a taxi el coche no arrancó / no quiso arrancar, así que me tomé un taxi
      • I was getting nervous because the car wouldn't start me estaba poniendo nervioso porque el coche no arrancaba
      • It is, however, well established that the land with a crop on it will hold more water than a bare field.
      • A glance at a field guide will indicate the vast area occupied by breeding curlews.
      • Most prefer sun where their colour will be brighter, but will also cope with light shade.
      • There are shareware programs that will generate tones of frequencies you specify.
      • The way we choose to interpret and perceive stares will influence our ability to cope with them.
      • They will also float if you drop one overboard and you can scoop it up with a fish net.
      • We must develop a program that will drive the nation to a guaranteed annual income.
      • The official line is that the blocks will stop a truck driven by a suicide-bomber.
      • Remember most of the dance and aerobics videos will require a clear space for you to move in.
      • You should stop when the syllabub will lie in thick, soft folds, only just keeping its shape.
      • Testing of hair will provide an indicator of drug use at the time the hair was grown.
      • My present finances will run to either a pogo stick or a pair of roller skates.


When translating will into Spanish, the future tense is not always the first option. Ir + a + infinitive is common in Latin American countries. For examples, see the entry below. 'll es la contracción de will, won't de will not y 'll've de will have

There are 2 main translations of will in Spanish

: will1will2


voluntad, n.

Pronunciation /wɪl//wɪl/


  • 1

    • 1.1(faculty)

      voluntad feminine
      the teaching of the Church on freedom of will la doctrina de la Iglesia sobre el libre albedrío
      • The critique of Manichee dualism and determinism led him to lay strong emphasis on the will.
      • We have to recognise that we have laid most of the building blocks already and that it is too late to win a battle of wills.
      • It became this battle of wills between the two sides.
      • The novel traces her effort to find and then preserve her own identity as a woman, with a will and desires of her own, rather than as a queen, expected to play a role that does not answer the innermost promptings of her heart.
      • Conflict is always a conflict of minds and wills of the parties involved.
      • They may impose their wills, but that does not bring respect.
      • Just as breaking the enemy's will is the surest way to success, so having our will broken is the surest path to defeat.
      • It takes a real blockhead with a will of iron to make it worse.
      • Rival deities battle to impose their wills upon the world.
      • Indeed, like any parent of a growing child, he found himself increasingly confronting an independent entity with a will of its own.
      • If he is determined to make this a battle of wills, the outcome could be very messy.
      • Rather than conforming their minds, hearts and wills to God's purposes, humans are adept at manipulating the name of God to serve their own agendas.
      • He had fear in him but a strong will that motivated him to continue with his orders.
      • Ambitious on it as they are off it, the players are technically-gifted and hard-working, with a will of iron.
      • A recent television program on Siamese twins demonstrated how a pair of joined, genetically identical humans had different preferences and quite distinct wills and spirits.
      • And rather than having his will broken with the harshness of an over-firm hand, he keeps his spirit.
      • Both had the ability to impose their wills over their opponents.
      • Second, it is clear that we sometimes ‘want what we by no means want to want’: our bodies react with pleasure and desire independently of our wills.
      • After the christening, the ship majestically slides to the bottom of the harbor, and so we haven't managed after all to launch her, though that was our intention and our wills were in perfect working order.
      • He would have burned the ‘Sea Lyrics’ on the spot, had his will been strong enough to set them aflame.

    • 1.2(determination, willpower)

      voluntad feminine
      he showed enormous strength of will demostró tener una gran (fuerza de) voluntad
      • they didn't manage to break her will no consiguieron doblegarla
      • she seems to have lost the will to live parece que hubiera perdido las ansias / las ganas de vivir
      • With a combination of willpower and unending generosity, fans managed to haul the club back from the brink.
      • I am proud of myself; I have managed to fulfill a feat of endurance and willpower and maintain control over my body.
      • But if your willpower starts to wane, start paying more attention to what you are eating.
      • But it is also a story of indomitable willpower, and the courage and dignity of the human spirit.
      • What underlies his willpower is the knowledge that he has trained as hard as possible.
      • It took all my willpower to restrain from running to the harbor and instead follow Mr. Kenton at a swift pace.
      • His tears were coming down his cheeks faster now but he had no will left to stop it.
      • But riding is not just another routine challenge she can master through sheer willpower.
      • My own willpower in such situations usually fails me.
      • Each, through sheer willpower and application, became a supreme footballer.
      • Now, there is no longer any need for willpower: you have remade yourself.
      • How the ambulances manage to get through in an emergency is anybody's guess, sheer willpower and good luck I think.
      • The man looked to be using every ounce of willpower he possessed to restrain himself.
      • Quitting smoking is an uphill climb which requires patience, willpower and lots of tissues.
      • She soon realized that wasn't going to work, and that simple willpower would have to do.
      • It doesn't require willpower, and it doesn't even need you to worry directly about your diet or exercise levels at all.
      • I even turned to drinking once but overcame it with hard work and willpower.
      • It took me all my willpower, which isn't much, to not ring him back.
      • It was all downhill from there I guess: I have absolutely no willpower, damn me.
      • While some have the strength and willpower to be able to quit on their own, many others will need a bit more help and support.

    • 1.3(desire, intention)

      voluntad feminine
      it was her will that … fue su voluntad que …
      • the will of the people la voluntad del pueblo
      • it was God's will Dios así lo quiso
      • I don't want to force you against your will no quiero obligarte contra tu voluntad
      • he did it against his father's will lo hizo contra la voluntad de su padre
      • This is a declaration of military intent, of the will to shed blood and tears for a fellow nation.
      • It's likely that these TV personalities aren't actually lefty liberals with a will to help the poor and needy.
      • Artistic talent is very often present, but the will to express this talent may be slow to appear.
      • Everyone who heard Boris was left feeling tremendously buoyant about life in general and bursting with a will to go out and do everything possible to help the Conservative cause.
      • These were two egos competing for attention in a town where celebrities are omnipresent, each pulling in different directions, yet both fired with a will to win.
      • I doubted, as I watched over the little boy's head, that the old man would live, but there were always several people who had strong wills to live.
      • She says that her experience in care left her with a will and a means to destroy herself quietly for many years both physically and psychologically.
      • Against this image of authority lay that of the tsar, the very good but very mysterious ‘little father’ of his peoples, who had his will constantly thwarted by the likes of landlords and officers, those who exercised immediate authority.
      • There is a will to succeed that took too long to hone to be put into retirement so soon.
      • He won because he had to win; because for him, the will to win is as strong as the will to live.
      • Like many philosophers he held that the highest form of freedom involves willing as one should, namely, having one's will in step with one's right values.
      • The will or desire to act can be wholesome at one moment and unwholesome at another moment.
      • Hopefully I'll come back refreshed and with a will to get on with lots of exciting things!
      • Even people who care about the country are slowly having their will to change things drained out of them.
      • As Hume illustrates, we might suppose that there are no Reasons in the area of ethics - just the desires or wills of particular persons, not necessarily shared or respected by anyone else.
      • Anyone with a will to live wouldn't have taken such a great risk.
      • Jacklin is not alone in questioning the will to succeed among some of the young players in Europe.

  • 2

    testamento masculine
    to make one's will hacer su (or mi etc.) testamento
    • last will and testament última voluntad y testamento
    • In her classes, she pestered professors with questions about how the legal topic in question - wills and trusts, property law - might apply to pets.
    • Mr Prior has reminded me that he is the nominated executor of two wills of other members of his family.
    • The couple have been to Christchurch twice before and spent a great deal of time on the last visit researching marriages and death records, wills and shipping records.
    • Durable power of attorney documents, like wills and trusts, can be changed or rewritten as needed.
    • The Family Records Centre, in Islington, holds census information from 1841, wills and birth, death and marriage certificates.
    • Members of religious orders may inherit only small life pensions and cannot dispose of property through wills.
    • And those jurisdictions have also eliminated discrimination in the areas of property division, wills, stamp duty and hospital visitation rights.
    • Up and down the country, thousands of other people have done the same, yet all of us knew at the time we signed such documents that these wills had no proper legal status.
    • There must be many people even now who have such an agreement with their doctor and I would like to see such informal contracts accepted as legal, in the same way in which I believe codicils to wills are.
    • Among other material now available online is Scotland's statutory registers of births, deaths and marriages along with wills and testaments.
    • Specifics such as whether the couples were registered partners or had drawn up legal wills shall factor into each decision.
    • They make a big thing about their reliance on benefactors, and every ten years or so, they invite their ex-students back for a nice slap-up meal and a bit of a speech to remind us how to leave them money in our wills.
    • He was accused of deliberately increasing the dosage of opiates used as pain relief in order to end the lives of patients who had left him money in their wills.
    • It is essential that both partners make wills appointing testamentary guardians in the event of their death while the children are still under 18.
    • The manual, launched on 22 February, will help in writing wills and testaments.
    • It's also important to draw up wills to clarify legal custody in the case of unexpected death.
    • Save in the case of those rash testators who make their own wills, the proper transmission of property from one generation to the next is dependent upon the due discharge by solicitors of their duties.
    • The names revealed can then be researched in newspapers of the time and at the National Archive, where records of wills, births and deaths will reveal further information.
    • Not long after that, we found out that Mom and Dad had left us all a lot of money in their wills.
    • There is a widely held view among solicitors that do-it-yourself wills only result in making lawyers richer.

transitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1(urge, try to cause)

      I was willing her to get the answer right estaba deseando con todas mis fuerzas / con toda mi voluntad que diera la respuesta correcta
      • we all willed him on to the finish tanto lo deseábamos, que lo ayudamos a llegar a la meta

    • 1.2formal (desire, ordain)

      (God) disponer
      (God) querer
      • From another angle, however, it is possible to argue that his premature death was willed by the state.
      • How, then, do we deal with the ‘outside’, with new things, the threat of somebody who wills our destruction?
      • To save the world, in this understanding, God willed the violent death of God's only beloved son.
      • May we be justice minded and peace-filled just as God wills it.
      • Is it the case that a spell will not work if the person casting it consciously desires or wills the outcome?
      • When he died, he willed that all he had hidden down here be buried with him.
      • And lastly, regarding the Constitution, the Conservative government will not make any changes unless the democratic process wills it.
      • She had willed that after her death parts of her body be put on display or sent to those responsible for abusing animals.
      • But can empire be thrust upon a nation, whether it wills it or not?
      • He attempts to refuse them passage, but Virgil reminds him that in Hell what God wills is done.
      • He chooses to do so not because he seeks to suffer or because God wills his death, but as the means to life for God's people.
      • Not for gain or glory, not for riches or immortality, but because my God wills it and that makes it right.

  • 2

    dejar en testamento
    • In Renaissance Venice wives were free to bequeath their dowries to whom they willed, whereas in Florence they were required by law to leave them to their children or husband.
    • And unlike Graham, who named Protas as her sole heir, Balanchine willed his ballets to a number of heirs, including some of the ballerinas who created the roles in those ballets.
    • Since all the peoples of the world are his heirs, and since presumably he willed the land to his heirs, then all the people of the earth own it.
    • To Bentham, who willed his own body to the University of London, it was perfectly just to put the bodies of paupers to scientific use as a means of repaying their public debt.
    • He willed the farm to Annie before lapsing into delirium and feverishly mumbling his last words in the Maori he knew so well.
    • If I should die before he is freed, the case will be willed to another attorney.