la voluntad
-the will
See the entry for voluntad.


A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (desire)
a. will
Ser bailarina requiere de disciplina, fuerza y voluntad.Being a ballerina requires discipline, strength, and will.
Es la voluntad de los votantes que esta ley sea rechazada.It is the will of the voters that this law be overturned.
b. wish (frequently used in plural)
No puedes hacer que me case en contra de mi voluntad.You cannot make me marry against my wishes.
2. (determination)
a. willpower
No sé si tengo la voluntad para terminar este proyecto.I don't know if I have the willpower to finish this project.
3. (intention)
a. will
Como señal de buena voluntad, repararé tu carro libre de cargo.As a sign of good will, I will fix your car free of charge.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (determinación)
a. will, willpower
tiene mucha/poca (fuerza de) voluntadshe has a very strong/weak will
voluntad de hierroiron will
2. (deseo)
a. will
no existe la voluntad política de resolver el problemathere isn't the political will to solve the problem
contra la voluntad de alguienagainst somebody's will
por causas ajenas a mi voluntadfor reasons beyond my control
por voluntad propiaof one's own free will
última voluntadlast will and testament
3. (intención)
a. intention
buena voluntadgoodwill
mala voluntadill will
4. (albedrío)
a. free will
a voluntadas much as one likes
¿qué le debo? — la voluntadwhat do I owe you? — whatever you think fit
1 (capacidad decisoria) will
no tiene voluntad propia he has no will of his own; por voluntad propia of one's own volition o free will
2 (deseo) wish
su voluntad es hacerse misionero his wish is to become a missionary; no lo dije con voluntad de ofenderle I did not say it with any wish to offend you; I had no desire to offend you; última voluntad last wish; (Jur) last will and testament; lo hizo contra mi voluntad he did it against my will; tienen voluntad de ganar they have the will to win
no tienen voluntad de acuerdo
hágase tu voluntad (Religión) Thy will be done; por causas ajenas a mi voluntad for reasons beyond my control; hace siempre su santa voluntad he always does exactly as he pleases
voluntad divina divine will
voluntad popular will of the people
3 (determinación) (also fuerza de voluntad) willpower
le cuesta, pero tiene mucha voluntad it's difficult for him, but he has a lot of willpower o a strong will; no tiene voluntad para dejar de beber he hasn't the willpower to give up drinking; es una chica con mucha voluntad she's a very strong-willed girl; hace falta voluntad para escucharlo hasta el final you need a strong will to listen to it right through
voluntad débil weak will
voluntad de hierro voluntad férrea iron will
4 (disposición) will
buena voluntad
lo solucionaremos con un poco de buena voluntad with a bit of good will we'll find a solution
tiene muy buena voluntad, pero no sirve para estudiar
lo sugerí con buena voluntad I suggested it with the best of intentions; I suggested it in good faith; los hombres de buena voluntad (Religión) men of goodwill
mala voluntad
hay muy mala voluntad contra el presidente there is a lot of ill will against the president
los agresores iban armados y con mala voluntad lo dijo con mala voluntad
ganar(se) la voluntad de algn to win sb over
a voluntad at will
se abre a voluntad it opens at will; se puede beber a voluntad you can drink as much as you like
la voluntad (dinero)
un mendigo le pidió la voluntad a beggar asked him if he could spare some money; cada uno da la voluntad para contribuir al regalo everyone is free to contribute what they want towards the present; —¿cuánto es? —la voluntad "how much is it?" — "as much as you think it's worth"
7 (afecto) fondness; affection
tener voluntad a algn to be fond of sb; feel affection for sb
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