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Contraction of I will.


contraction of
I will or I shall



adj. worse, worst,
n., adv. adj.
1. of unsound physical or mental health; unwell; sick.
2. objectionable; faulty: ill manners.
3. hostile; unkindly: ill feeling.
4. evil; wicked: of ill repute.
5. unfavorable; adverse: ill fortune.
6. of inferior worth or ability.
7. an unfavorable opinion or statement: I can speak no ill of her.
8. harm or injury: His remarks did much ill.
9. trouble; misfortune: Many ills befell him.
10. evil: the difference between good and ill.
11. sickness; disease.
12. unsatisfactorily; poorly: It ill befits a man to betray old friends.
13. in a hostile or unfriendly manner.
14. unfavorably; unfortunately.
15. with displeasure or offense.
16. faultily; improperly.
17. with difficulty or inconvenience: an expense we can ill afford.
ill at ease, uncomfortable; uneasy.
[1150–1200; < Old Norse illr ill, bad]
syn: ill, sick mean being in bad health, not being well. ill is the more formal word. In the U.S. the two words are used practically interchangeably except that sick is always used when the word modifies the following noun: He looks sick (ill); a sick person. In England, sick is not interchangeable with ill, but usu. has the connotation of nauseous: She got sick and threw up. sick, however, is used before nouns just as in the U.S.: a sick man.


contraction of I will.




1. illustrated.
2. illustration.
3. illustrator.


[ˈaɪl] = I will, I shallill-advised [ˌɪlədˈvaɪzd] adj
[decision, remark] → peu judicieux/euse
[person] → malavisé(e)
he was ill-advised to ... → il a été malavisé de ...
They would be ill-advised to do this → Ils seraient malavisés de procéder ainsi.ill-at-ease [ˌɪlətˈiːz] adjmal à l'aiseill-bred [ˌɪlˈbrɛd] adj (= uncouth) → mal élevé(e)ill-conceived [ˌɪlkənˈsiːvd] adjmal conçu (e)ill-considered [ˌɪlkənˈsɪdərd] adj [action, words, plan, measures] → inconsidéré(e)ill-defined [ˌɪldɪˈfaɪnd] adjmal défini(e)
staff with ill-defined responsibilities → un personnel aux responsabilités mal définiesill-disposed [ˌɪldɪˈspəʊzd] adj
to be ill-disposed towards sb/sth → être mal disposé(e) envers qn/qchill effects ill-effects [ˌɪlɪˈfɛkts] npleffets mpl adverses
Did you suffer any ill effects after the operation? → Avez vous souffert d'effets adverses après l'intervention?
to suffer ill effects from sth → souffrir des effets adverses de qch
They are suffering ill effects from the contamination of their water → Ils souffrent des effets adverses de la contamination de leur eau.
References in classic literature ?
And if turning up my hair makes me one, I'll wear it in two tails till I'm twenty," cried Jo, pulling off her net, and shaking down a chestnut mane.
To Canada," said he, straightening himself up; and when I'm there, I'll buy you; that's all the hope that's left us.
I'll take you down a peg before I get done with you.
I'll have him in the vacant stretch between Wilson's and the haunted house within the hour, and I'll bring my own pistols.
Now you get hold of all the door-keys you can find, and I'll nip all of auntie's, and the first dark night we'll go there and try 'em.
I'm not certain," said Rebecca conscientiously, "but I'll look in the circular--it's sure to tell;" and she drew the document from her pocket.
I'll believe you are a coward, for yourself, but not a cowardly betrayer of your best friend.
If I don't have a drain o' rum, Jim, I'll have the horrors; I seen some on 'em already.
Nor I either," said Sanchica; "but wait a bit, and I'll go and fetch some one who can read it, either the curate himself or the bachelor Samson Carrasco, and they'll come gladly to hear any news of my father.
I," said the Sun, "Before he has done, I'll lay on the sword.
But don't strike me--please don't--and I'll do anything you want me to.
Up you get, and I'll drive you to the station myself

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