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volunteer

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noun vol·un·teer \ˌvä-lən-ˈtir\

Simple Definition of volunteer

  • : a person who chooses to join the military

  • : a person who does work without getting paid to do it

Full Definition of volunteer

  1. 1 :  a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service: as a :  one who enters into military service voluntarily b (1) :  one who renders a service or takes part in a transaction while having no legal concern or interest (2) :  one who receives a conveyance or transfer of property without giving valuable consideration

  2. 2 :  a volunteer plant

  3. 3 capitalized [Volunteers of America] :  a member of a quasi-military religious and philanthropic organization founded in 1896 by Commander and Mrs. Ballington Booth

Examples of volunteer

  1. Volunteers are needed to help with the bake sale.

  2. The school was built by volunteers.



Origin of volunteer

obsolete French voluntaire (now volontaire), from voluntaire, adjective, voluntary, from Old French, from Latin voluntarius


First Known Use: circa 1600


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volunteer

adjective vol·un·teer

Simple Definition of volunteer

  • : of, relating to, or done by volunteers

Full Definition of volunteer

  1. 1 :  being, consisting of, or engaged in by volunteers <a volunteer army> <busy with volunteer activities>

  2. 2 :  growing spontaneously without direct human control or supervision especially from seeds lost from a previous crop <volunteer corn plants>

Examples of volunteer

  1. <volunteer work at the hospital>



1649

First Known Use of volunteer

1649


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volunteer

verb vol·un·teer

Simple Definition of volunteer

  • : to offer to do something without being forced to or without getting paid to do it

  • : to choose to join the military

  • : to give (something) without being forced to or without getting paid for it

Full Definition of volunteer

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to offer oneself as a volunteer <volunteered to host the meeting>

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to offer or bestow voluntarily <volunteer one's services>

Examples of volunteer

  1. Our son volunteered for military service.

  2. He would not volunteer any information about her whereabouts.



1709

First Known Use of volunteer

1709



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