God willing meaning, God willing definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( gods    plural  )
1       n-proper   The name God is given to the spirit or being who is worshipped as the creator and ruler of the world, especially by Jews, Christians, and Muslims.  
He believes in God..., God bless you.     
2       convention   People sometimes use God in exclamations to emphasize something that they are saying, or to express surprise, fear, or excitement. This use could cause offence.,   (emphasis)    God, how I hated him!..., Oh my God he's shot somebody...     
3       n-count   In many religions, a god is one of the spirits or beings that are believed to have power over a particular part of the world or nature.  
...Pan, the God of nature., ...Zeus, king of the gods.     
4       n-count   Someone who is admired very much by a person or group of people, and who influences them a lot, can be referred to as a god.  
To his followers he was a god.     
    act of God  
6    If you say God forbid, you are expressing your hope that something will not happen.  
God forbid      phrase   PHR with cl     (feelings)    If, God forbid, something goes wrong, I don't know what I would do.     
7    You can say God knows, God only knows, or God alone knows to emphasize that you do not know something.  
God knows/God only knows/God alone knows      phrase   PHR wh     (emphasis)    Gunga spoke God knows how many languages..., God alone knows what she thinks.     
8    If someone says God knows in reply to a question, they mean that they do not know the answer.  
God knows      phrase  
`Where is he now?' `God knows.'     
9    The term a man of God is sometimes used to refer to Christian priests or ministers.  
a man of God             phrase  
10    If someone uses such expressions as what in God's name, why in God's name, or how in God's name, they are emphasizing how angry, annoyed, or surprised they are.  
in God's name      phrase  
What in God's name do you expect me to do?..., Why in God's name did you have to tell her?     
11    If someone plays God, they act as if they have unlimited power and can do anything they want.  
play God      phrase   V inflects     (disapproval)    You have no right to play God in my life!     
12    You can use God in expressions such as I hope to God, or I wish to God, or I swear to God, in order to emphasize what you are saying.  
to God      phrase   usu v PHR that     (emphasis)    I hope to God they are paying you well..., I wish to God I hadn't met you.     
13    If you say God willing   , you are saying that something will happen if all goes well.      
God willing             phrase  
God willing, there will be a breakthrough.     
    honest to God  
    in the lap of the gods  
    for God's sake  
    thank God  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
1       adj   If someone is willingto do something, they are fairly happy about doing it and will do it if they are asked or required to do it.  
v-link ADJ to-inf   (=prepared)     (Antonym: unwilling)    The military now say they're willing to hold talks with the political parties..., There are, of course, questions which she will not be willing to answer.     
2       adj   Willing is used to describe someone who does something fairly enthusiastically and because they want to do it rather than because they are forced to do it.  
usu ADJ n     (Antonym: unwilling, reluctant)    Have the party on a Saturday, when you can get your partner and other willing adults to help...     
    God willing  

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



agreeable, amenable, compliant, consenting, content, desirous, disposed, eager, enthusiastic, favourable, game     (informal)   happy, inclined, in favour, in the mood, nothing loath, pleased, prepared, ready, so-minded  
   averse, disinclined, grudging, indisposed, loath, not keen, reluctant, unenthusiastic, unwilling  

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See also:

will, wailing, willie, wiring

! what women want god willing n.
ce que femme veut dieu le veut

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Oh My God
(Latin for "God wills it") was the cry of the people at the declaration of the First Crusade by Pope Urban II at the Council of Clermont in 1095.
The phrase appears variously as Deus vult (Classical Latin), Dieu le veut (French), Deus lo vult or Deus lo volt (catalan), etc.
"to be up for it" means to be willing to participate
she's really up for it: elle est partante
an ambitious woman who thinks her career really matters more than many things and is not willing to compromise on it
ce que dieu trempe, dieu le sèche
dieu guérit le médecin encaisse
dieu donne fil à toile ourdie
dieu donne le froid selon le drap
dieu habite dans un coeur honnête
dieu sait comment se font les papes
dieu donne et il donne par la fenêtre
à brebis tondue, dieu mesure le vent
dieu donne de la viande à qui n'a plus de dents
à barque désespérée dieu fait trouver le port
aie confiance en dieu, mais occupe toi de tes affaires
dieu est grand, mais la forêt est encore plus grande
à qui Dieu donne femme, il donne aussi patience
au milieu du désert, une chaussure est un bienfait de dieu
il est juste de louer dieu, mais le sage n'injuriera pas le diable
culture générale
dans la nuit noire, sur une table de marbre noir, une petite fourmi noire, dieu la voit
ce proverbe rend compte de l'omniprésence de dieu, il signifie qu'il est au courant des moindres faits et gestes
dieu a ôté les enfants aux prêtes, le diable leur a donné des enfants
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