"Will" • Chinese-English Dictionary

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 yì zhì will / willpower / determination / CL:個|个[ge4]
 yào important / vital / to want / to ask for / will / going to (as future auxiliary) / may / must / (used in a comparison) must be / probably / if
 huì can / to be possible / to be able to / will / to be likely to / to be sure to / to assemble / to meet / to gather / to see / union / group / association / CL:個|个[ge4] / a moment (Taiwan pr. for this sense is [hui3])
 jiù yào will / shall / to be going to
 jiāng huì auxiliary verb introducing future action: may (be able to) / will (cause) / should (enable) / going to
 jiāng yào will / shall / to be going to
 yí zhǔ testament / will
 xīn zhì will / resolution / aspiration
 yóu zhe let (one) have his way / as (one) pleases / at (one's) will
 jiāng will / shall / to use / to take / to checkmate / just a short while ago / (introduces object of main verb, used in the same way as 把[ba3])
 bì certainly / must / will / necessarily
 bù huì improbable / unlikely / will not (act, happen etc) / not able / not having learned to do sth / (coll.) (Tw) don't mention it / not at all
 jí kě equivalent to 就可以 / can then (do sth) / can immediately (do sth) / (do sth) and that will suffice
 chéng le to be done / to be ready / that's enough! / that will do!
 rèn yì any / arbitrary / at will / at random
 suí yì as one wishes / according to one's wishes / at will / voluntary / conscious
 rén xīn popular feeling / the will of the people
 nán miǎn hard to avoid / difficult to escape from / will inevitably
 yǒng bù never / will never
 shì bì to be bound to / undoubtedly will
 hú luàn careless / reckless / casually / absent-mindedly / at will / at random / any old how
 mín yì public opinion / popular will / public will
 bù dé yǐ to act against one's will / to have no alternative but to / to have to / to have no choice / must
 dòu zhì will to fight / fighting spirit
 xiào guǒ tú rendering (visual representation of how things will turn out)
 tiān yì providence / the Will of Heaven
 qiú shēng to seek survival / to possess the will to live
 jié le that's that / that's it / that will do
 xíng bu tōng won't work / will get (you) nowhere
 fèn yǒng dauntless / to summon up courage and determination / using extreme force of will
 shuǐ dào qú chéng lit. where water flows, a canal is formed (idiom) / fig. when conditions are right, success will follow naturally
 zhāo qīn to invite the groom (who will live with the bride's family) / to take a wife by one's own choice
 suí yù ér ān at home wherever one is (idiom) / ready to adapt / flexible / to accept circumstances with good will
 xíng to walk / to go / to travel / a visit / temporary / makeshift / current / in circulation / to do / to perform / capable / competent / effective / all right / OK! / will do / behavior / conduct / Taiwan pr. [xing4] for the behavior-conduct sense
 tīng tiān yóu mìng to submit to the will of heaven / to resign oneself to fate / to trust to luck
 wéi xīn false / untrue to one's convictions / against one's will / disloyal
 xì shuǐ cháng liú lit. thin streams flow forever / fig. economy will get you a long way / to work steadily at something little by little
 zhòng zhì chéng chéng unity of will is an impregnable stronghold (idiom)
 yìng tǐng to endure with all one's will / to hold out / rigid / stiff
 yǒng chuí bù xiǔ eternal glory / will never be forgotten
 xíng de tōng practicable / realizable / will work
 bèi jǐng lí xiāng to leave one's native place, esp. against one's will (idiom)
 xīn yǒu yú ér lì bù zú the will is there, but not the strength (idiom) / the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
 hòu huàn wú qióng it will cause no end of trouble (idiom)
 léi dǎ bù dòng not shaken by thunder (idiom) / the arrangements are unalterable / to adhere rigidly to regulations / will go ahead whatever happens (of an arrangement or plan)
 xìn letter / mail / CL:封[feng1] / to trust / to believe / to profess faith in / truthful / confidence / trust / at will / at random
 Mí lè fó Maitreya / the Bodhisattva that will be the next to come after Shakyamuni Buddha
 yú gōng yí shān the old man moves mountains (idiom) / fig. where there's a will, there's a way
 hòu shēng kě wèi the young will be redoubtable in the years to come (idiom) / the younger generations will surpass us in time
 è gǎn malice / ill will
 tiān wǎng huī huī lit. heaven's net has wide meshes, but nothing escapes it (idiom, from Laozi 73) / fig. the way of Heaven is fair, but the guilty will not escape / you can't run from the long arm of the law
 hàng xiè yī qì to act in collusion (idiom) / in cahoots with / villains will look after one another
 qióng bīng dú wǔ to engage in wars of aggression at will (idiom) / militaristic / bellicose
 zhǐ bāo bù zhù huǒ lit. paper can't wrap fire / fig. the truth will out
 kùn shòu yóu dòu a cornered beast will still fight (idiom) / to fight like an animal at bay
 jiàn wēi zhī zhù one tiny clue reveals the general trend (idiom) / small beginnings show how things will develop
 qīng guān nán duàn jiā wù shì even an honest and upright official will have difficulty resolving a family dispute (proverb)
 bù píng zé míng where there is injustice, there will be an outcry / man will cry out against injustice
 shēng lā yìng zhuài to drag sb along against his will / to draw a forced analogy
 míng chuí qīng shǐ lit. reputation will go down in history (idiom) / fig. achievements will earn eternal glory
 yǒu zhì zhě shì jìng chéng a really determined person will find a solution (idiom) / where there's a will, there's a way
 wán wù sàng zhì lit. trifling destroys the will (idiom) / infatuation with fine details prevents one making progress / excessive attention to trivia saps the will
 shí bù zài lái Time that has passed will never come back. (idiom)
 shàng liáng bù zhèng xià liáng wāi lit. If the upper beam is not straight, the lower beam will be crooked (idiom) / fig. subordinates imitate their superiors' vices
 zhì zhī sǐ dì ér hòu shēng place sb on a field of death and he will fight to live (idiom based on Sunzi's "The Art of War" 孫子兵法|孙子兵法[Sun1 zi3 Bing1 fa3]) / to fight desperately when confronting mortal danger / fig. to find a way out of an impasse
 dà qì wǎn chéng lit. it takes a long time to make a big pot (idiom) / fig. a great talent matures slowly / in the fullness of time a major figure will develop into a pillar of the state / Rome wasn't built in a day
 kōng chéng jì the empty city stratagem (in which Zhuge Liang presents himself as unperturbed while making it evident that his city is undefended, hoping his adversary will suspect an ambush) / double bluff
 zhì dì yǒu shēng lit. if thrown on the floor, it will make a sound (idiom) / fig. (of one's words) powerful and resonating / to have substance
 yī yú hú dǐ when will it stop
 bù lìn zhū yù lit. do not begrudge gems of wisdom (idiom, humble expr.) / fig. Please give me your frank opinion. / Your criticism will be most valuable.
 rén rén jūn zǐ people of good will (idiom) / charitable person
 lái rì fāng cháng the future is long (idiom) / there will be ample time for that later / We'll cross that bridge when we get there
 gōng dào zì rán chéng effort will undoubtedly lead to success (idiom)
 míng shī chū gāo tú A famous teacher trains a fine student (idiom). A cultured man will have a deep influence on his successors.
 dé dào duō zhù a just cause enjoys abundant support (idiom) / those upholding justice will find help all around
 yìng tiān chéng yùn lit. to respond to heaven and suit the times (idiom) / to rule according to the will of heaven / the Divine Right of kings
怀 huái bì qí zuì lit. treasuring a jade ring becomes a crime (idiom) / to get into trouble on account of a cherished item / fig. A person's talent will arouse the envy of others.
 jiào xué xiāng zhǎng when you teach someone, both teacher and student will benefit
 shì fēi zì yǒu gōng lùn to determine right and wrong based on public opinion (idiom) / Public opinion will judge what's right and wrong.
 yǒu zhì jìng chéng persevere and you will succeed (idiom) / where there's a will, there's a way
使 yǒu qián néng shǐ guǐ tuī mò lit. money will make the Devil turn millstones (idiom) / fig. with money, you can do anything you like
 zhāo lù kè zhì the morning dew will swiftly dissipate (idiom) / fig. ephemeral and precarious nature of human existence
 sǐ bù míng mù dead but will not close the eyes (idiom) / to die with a remaining grievance
 xiè lòu tiān jī to divulge the will of heaven (idiom) / to leak a secret / to let the cat out of the bag
 xiè lù tiān jī to divulge the will of heaven (idiom) / to leak a secret / to let the cat out of the bag
 kè xiān zhāo lù the morning dew will swiftly dissipate (idiom) / fig. ephemeral and precarious nature of human existence
 lòu xiè tiān jī to divulge the will of heaven (idiom) / to leak a secret / to let the cat out of the bag
鸿 yàn què ān zhī hóng hú zhī zhì lit. can the sparrow and swallow know the will of the great swan? (idiom) / fig. how can we small fry predict the ambitions of the great?
 qiān yī fà ér dòng quán shēn lit. pull one hair and the whole body moves / fig. a slight change will affect everything else / the butterfly effect
 shū ér bù lòu loose, but allows no escape (idiom, from Laozi 老子[Lao3 zi3]) / the way of Heaven is fair, but the guilty will not escape
 Huáng tiān bù fù kǔ xīn rén Heaven will not disappoint the person who tries (idiom). If you try hard, you're bound to succeed eventually.
 yú fāng shuǐ fāng If the basin is square, the water in it will also be square. (idiom)
 jī è yú yāng Accumulated evil will be repaid in suffering (idiom).
 jīng chéng suǒ zhì with a will, you can achieve anything (idiom) / cf 精誠所至,金石為開|精诚所至,金石为开[jing1 cheng2 suo3 zhi4 , jin1 shi2 wei4 kai1]
 huǎn bù jì jí lit. slow no aid to urgent (idiom) / slow measures will not address a critical situation / too slow to meet a pressing need
 wàn sǐ bù cí ten thousand deaths will not prevent me (idiom) / ready to risk life and limb to help out
 Shǔ quǎn fèi rì lit. Sichuan dogs bark at the sun (idiom) / fig. a simpleton will marvel at even the most common things / alludes to the Sichuan foggy weather where it's uncommon to see a sunny day
 jiàn fēng shì yǔ lit. see the wind and assume it will rain (idiom) / fig. gullible / to believe whatever people suggest
 shì wēi zhī zhuó one tiny clue reveals the general trend (idiom) / small beginnings show how things will develop
 shēn xiān zhāo lù body will go with the morning dew (idiom) / fig. ephemeral and precarious nature of human existence
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