Definitions for volunteerˌvɒl ənˈtɪər

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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


  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

  7. Origin: [F. volontaire. See Voluntary, a.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Volunteer

    vol-un-tēr′, n. one who enters any service, esp. military, voluntarily or of his own free choice: a soldier belonging to any body other than the regular army.—adj. entering into service voluntarily.—v.t. to offer voluntarily.—v.i. to enter into any service of one's own free-will or without being asked. [Fr. volontaire—L. voluntarius.]


  1. Volunteering

    Volunteering is generally considered an altruistic activity where an individual or group provides services for no financial gain. Volunteering is also renowned for skill development, and is often intended to promote goodness or to improve human quality of life. 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. 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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of volunteer in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of volunteer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Joseph Pentangelo:

    He did volunteer that the kit cost him about $2,500.

  2. Brian Williams:

    All I ever did as a volunteer fireman was once save two puppies.

  3. Rachel Barkow:

    It’s unfair to criticize the volunteer group that you asked to help.

  4. Jon Radulovic:

    This harkens back to the foundation of hospice in the country when it was volunteer-driven.

  5. Sun Chi-hsuan:

    I'm actually thinking of asking the boy back to be a volunteer in the exhibition for one day.

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