volunteer


volunteer
volunteer (n.) c.1600, "one who offers himself for military service," from M.Fr. voluntaire, noun use of adj. meaning "voluntary," from L. voluntarius "voluntary, of one's free will" (see VOLUNTARY (Cf. voluntary)). Non-military sense is first recorded 1630s. The verb is first recorded 1755, from the noun. Tennessee has been the Volunteer State since the Mexican War, when a call for 2,800 volunteers brought out 30,000 men.

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  • volunteer — Ⅰ. volunteer UK US /ˌvɒlənˈtɪər/ noun [C] ► a person who does a job or some work without being paid or forced to do it: »They employ 1,000 people and 23,000 volunteers. »I will ask for volunteers to help with the search. Ⅱ. volunteer UK US… …   Financial and business terms

  • Volunteer — Vol un*teer , a. Of or pertaining to a volunteer or volunteers; consisting of volunteers; voluntary; as, volunteer companies; volunteer advice. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • volunteer — [väl΄ən tir′] n. [earlier voluntier < obs. Fr voluntaire < L (miles)voluntarius,VOLUNTARY (soldier)] 1. a person who chooses freely to do or offer to do something 2. a person who chooses freely to enter naval or military service, without… …   English World dictionary

  • Volunteer — Vol un*teer , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Volunteered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Volunteering}.] To offer or bestow voluntarily, or without solicitation or compulsion; as, to volunteer one s services. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • volunteer — vol·un·teer /ˌvä lən tir/ n 1: one that voluntarily undertakes something; esp: one who without request, obligation, or an interest pays the debt of another and is denied reimbursement from subrogation 2: one who receives property without giving… …   Law dictionary

  • Volunteer — Vol un*teer , v. i. To enter into, or offer for, any service of one s own free will, without solicitation or compulsion; as, he volunteered in that undertaking. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Volunteer — Vol un*teer , n. [F. volontaire. See {Voluntary}, a.] [1913 Webster] 1. One who enters into, or offers for, any service of his own free will. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mil.) One who enters into service voluntarily, but who, when in service, is subject… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • volunteer — [v] offer to do something advance, bring forward, chip in*, come forward, do on one’s own volition*, enlist, go in*, let oneself in for*, offer services, present, proffer, propose, put at one’s disposal*, put forward, sign up, speak up, stand up …   New thesaurus

  • volunteer — ► NOUN 1) a person who freely offers to do something. 2) a person who works for an organization without being paid. 3) a person who freely enrols for military service rather than being conscripted. ► VERB 1) freely offer to do something. 2) say… …   English terms dictionary

  • volunteer — I UK [ˌvɒlənˈtɪə(r)] / US [ˌvɑlənˈtɪr] noun [countable] Word forms volunteer : singular volunteer plural volunteers ** 1) someone who is not paid for the work that they do The organization is appealing for volunteers. a volunteer worker a small… …   English dictionary


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