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volunteer

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noun vol·un·teer \ˌvä-lən-ˈtir\

Definition of volunteer

  1. 1 :  a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service: such asa :  one who enters into military service voluntarilyb (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 in a Sentence

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

  2. The school was built by volunteers.

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Origin and Etymology of volunteer

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


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volunteer

verb vol·un·teer

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 in a Sentence

  1. volunteer work at the hospital

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First Known Use of volunteer

1709


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volunteer

adjective vol·un·teer

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 in a Sentence

  1. Our son volunteered for military service.

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

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First Known Use of volunteer

1649


VOLUNTEER Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of volunteer for English Language Learners

  • : a person who chooses to join the military

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

volunteer

adjective

Definition of volunteer for English Language Learners

  • : of, relating to, or done by volunteers

volunteer

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Definition of volunteer for English Language Learners

  • : 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


VOLUNTEER Defined for Kids

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volunteer

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noun vol·un·teer \ˌvä-lən-ˈtir\

Definition of volunteer for Students

  1. :  a person who does something by free choice usually with no payment expected or given Volunteers painted the town hall.


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adjective vol·un·teer

Definition of volunteer for Students

  1. :  relating to or done by volunteers a volunteer fire department


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verb vol·un·teer

Definition of volunteer for Students

volunteered

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volunteering

  1. :  to offer or give without being asked or forced and usually with no expectation of payment I volunteered my services. Tucker Mouse had volunteered to let them use the drain pipe … — George Selden, The Cricket in Times Square


Law Dictionary

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noun vol·un·teer \ˌvä-lən-ˈtir\

Legal Definition of volunteer

  1. 1 :  one that voluntarily undertakes something; especially :  one who without request, obligation, or an interest pays the debt of another and is denied reimbursement from subrogation

  2. 2 :  one who receives property without giving valuable consideration



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