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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌvɒl(ə)nˈtɪə/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˌvɑlənˈtɪɹ/, /-ˈtɪɚ/
Audio (GA) (file)
- Rhymes: -ɪə(ɹ)
- Hyphenation: vol‧un‧teer
volunteer (plural volunteers)
- One who enters into, or offers themselves for, any service of their own free will, especially when done without pay.
- The volunteers at the nature reserve meet up ever other Sunday to help its upkeep.
- (military) One who enters into military service voluntarily (but who, when in service, is subject to discipline and regulations like other soldiers), as opposed to a conscript.
- (military) A voluntary member of the organized militia of a country, as distinguished from a regular or member of the standing army.
- 2007 April 30, Edward M. Coffman, The Regulars: The American Army, 1898-1941, Harvard University Press, →ISBN, page 16:
- That summer and fall the Army organized twenty-five regiments of volunteers, including two black regiments, which would have all-black captains and lieutenants. All officers were to be selected from regulars and volunteers who had distinguished themselves […]
- (law) A person who acts out of their own will without a legal obligation, such as a donor.
- (botany, agriculture) A plant that grows spontaneously, without being cultivated on purpose; see volunteer plant in Wikipedia.
- A native or resident of the American state of Tennessee.
one who voluntarily offers themselves for service
one who acts without legal obligation
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
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- (intransitive) To enlist oneself as a volunteer.
- (transitive, intransitive) To do or offer to do something voluntarily.
- to volunteer for doing the dishes
- 2010, BioWare, Mass Effect 2 (Science Fiction), Redwood City: Electronic Arts, →OCLC, PC, scene: Normandy SR-2:
- Miranda: No good. Both routes are blocked. See these doors? The only way past is to get someone to open them from the other side.
Shepard: It's not a fortress; there's got to be something. Here, maybe we can send someone in through this ventilation shaft.
Jacob: Practically a suicide mission. I volunteer.
Miranda: I appreciate the thought, Jacob, but you couldn't shut down the security systems in time. We need to send a tech expert.
- (transitive) To offer, usually unprompted.
- to volunteer an explanation
- (transitive, informal) To offer the services of (someone else) to do something.
- My sister volunteered me to do the dishes.
- (intransitive, botany) To grow without human sowing or intentional cultivation.
to enlist oneself as a volunteer
to do or offer to do something voluntarily
to offer the services of (someone else) to do something