Definitions for Volunteerˌvɒl ənˈtɪər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

vol•un•teerˌvɒl ənˈtɪər(n.)

  1. a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking.

  2. a person who performs a service willingly and without pay.

  3. a person who enters military service voluntarily rather than through conscription.

    Category: Military

  4. a person who acts without legal obligation to do so, esp. such a person who pays the debt of another.

    Category: Law

  5. a plant that has sprung up spontaneously from seed rather than having been planted or cultivated.

    Category: Agriculture, Botany

  6. (adj.)of, pertaining to, or serving as a volunteer.

  7. consisting of or performed by volunteers:

    a volunteer army.

  8. (v.i.)to offer oneself for some service or undertaking.

  9. to enter service or enlist as a volunteer.

    Category: Military

  10. (v.t.)to offer (oneself or one's services) for some undertaking or purpose.

  11. to give, bestow, or perform voluntarily.

  12. to say, tell, or communicate voluntarily:

    to volunteer an explanation.

Origin of volunteer:

1590–1600; < F volontaire < L voluntāriusvoluntary

Princeton's WordNet

  1. volunteer, military volunteer, voluntary(noun)

    (military) a person who freely enlists for service

  2. volunteer, unpaid worker(noun)

    a person who performs voluntary work

  3. Tennessean, Volunteer(adj)

    a native or resident of Tennessee

  4. unpaid, volunteer(a)(verb)

    without payment

    "the soup kitchen was run primarily by unpaid helpers"; "a volunteer fire department"

  5. volunteer(verb)

    tell voluntarily

    "He volunteered the information"

  6. volunteer, offer(verb)

    agree freely

    "She volunteered to drive the old lady home"; "I offered to help with the dishes but the hostess would not hear of it"

  7. volunteer(verb)

    do volunteer work

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. volunteer(noun)ˌvɒl ənˈtɪər

    sb who offers to do sth

    I need three volunteers to help me.

  2. volunteerˌvɒl ənˈtɪər

    sb who works without pay in order to help

    a volunteer at the local library

  3. volunteer(verb)ˌvɒl ənˈtɪər

    to offer to do sth

    Nobody volunteered to help at the church fair.

  4. volunteerˌvɒl ənˈtɪər

    to join the armed forces by choice

    He volunteered for the army.


  1. volunteer(Noun)

    One who enters into, or offers for, any service of his/her own free will, especially when done without pay.

  2. volunteer(Noun)

    One who enters into military service voluntarily, but who, when in service, is subject to discipline and regulations like other soldiers; -- opposed to conscript; specifically, a voluntary member of the organized militia of a country as distinguished from the standing army.

  3. volunteer(Noun)

    A person who acts out of his own will without a legal obligation, such as a donor.

  4. volunteer(Noun)

    A plant that grows in disturbed soil.

  5. volunteer(Noun)

    A native or resident of the American state of Tennessee.

  6. volunteer(Verb)

    To enlist oneself as a volunteer.

  7. volunteer(Verb)

    To do or offer to do something voluntarily.

  8. volunteer(Verb)

    To grow without human sowing or intentional cultivation.

  9. Origin: From voluntaire, from voluntarius

Webster Dictionary

  1. Volunteer(adj)

    one who enters into, or offers for, any service of his own free will

  2. Volunteer(adj)

    one who enters into service voluntarily, but who, when in service, is subject to discipline and regulations like other soldiers; -- opposed to conscript; specifically, a voluntary member of the organized militia of a country as distinguished from the standing army

  3. Volunteer(adj)

    a grantee in a voluntary conveyance; one to whom a conveyance is made without valuable consideration; a party, other than a wife or child of the grantor, to whom, or for whose benefit, a voluntary conveyance is made

  4. Volunteer(adj)

    of or pertaining to a volunteer or volunteers; consisting of volunteers; voluntary; as, volunteer companies; volunteer advice

  5. Volunteer(verb)

    to offer or bestow voluntarily, or without solicitation or compulsion; as, to volunteer one's services

  6. Volunteer(verb)

    to enter into, or offer for, any service of one's own free will, without solicitation or compulsion; as, he volunteered in that undertaking


  1. Volunteering

    Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity and is intended to promote goodness or improve human quality of life. In return, this activity can produce a feeling of self-worth and respect. There is no financial gain involved for the individual. Volunteering is also renowned for skill development, socialization, and fun. Volunteering may have positive benefits for the volunteer as well as for the person or community served. It is also intended to make contacts for possible employment. It is helping, assisting, or serving another person or persons without pay. Many volunteers are specifically trained in the areas they work, such as medicine, education, or emergency rescue. Others serve on an as-needed basis, such as in response to a natural disaster.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Volunteer' in Nouns Frequency: #1577

Translations for Volunteer

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to offer oneself for a particular task, of one's own free will (often without being paid for such work)

He volunteered to act as messenger; She volunteered for the dangerous job.

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