What does volunteer mean?

Definitions for volunteer
ˌvɒl ənˈtɪərvol·un·teer

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. volunteer, military volunteer, voluntarynoun

    (military) a person who freely enlists for service

  2. volunteer, unpaid workernoun

    a person who performs voluntary work

  3. Tennessean, Volunteeradjective

    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. volunteerverb

    tell voluntarily

    "He volunteered the information"

  6. volunteer, offerverb

    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. volunteerverb

    do volunteer work


  1. volunteernoun

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

  2. volunteernoun

    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. volunteernoun

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

  4. volunteernoun

    A plant that grows in disturbed soil.

  5. volunteernoun

    A native or resident of the American state of Tennessee.

  6. volunteerverb

    To enlist oneself as a volunteer.

  7. volunteerverb

    To do or offer to do something voluntarily.

  8. volunteerverb

    To grow without human sowing or intentional cultivation.

  9. Etymology: From voluntaire, from voluntarius


  1. volunteer

    Volunteering is a voluntary act of an individual or group freely giving time and labor for community service. 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.


  1. volunteer

    A volunteer is an individual who willingly offers to provide a service or undertake a task without receiving any form of payment. This might include helping in a local community initiative, participating in a charity, or assisting in an organization. The tasks can vary greatly and often depend on the individual's skills, talents, and interests.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Volunteeradjective

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

  2. Volunteeradjective

    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. Volunteeradjective

    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. Volunteeradjective

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

  5. Volunteerverb

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

  6. Volunteerverb

    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. Etymology: [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.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. volunteer

    One who freely offers himself for a particular service. Formerly, in the army, a gentleman who, without any certain post or employment, served in the hope of earning preferment, or from patriotism. Latterly, also a civilian who has enrolled himself in a corps of volunteers, for organization and training for the defence of the country.

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  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  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

Examples of volunteer in a Sentence

  1. Bill Rausch:

    The truth is veterans volunteer, engage with local governments and community organizations, vote, and help neighbors, all at rates higher than their non-veteran counterparts, we’re working with our entertainment industry partners to normalize the depictions of veterans on film and television to dispel common myths about the veteran population.

  2. Gaius Julius Caesar:

    It is easier to find men who will volunteer to die, than to find those who are willing to endure pain with patience.

  3. Katon Dawson:

    Everybody that's working last week is on board this week, the financial questions will be up later. Right now, we're working in a volunteer capacity, proud to be doing it. Our field staff is working today, I just met with them an hour ago.

  4. Colleen Kraft:

    We have pediatricians who would volunteer to go to the border tomorrow and work with these children and advise medical personnel and train them, that's still our ask, but it's gotten nowhere.

  5. Eugene Obermuller:

    If you really enjoy doing something I think it's worth doing. Even if you're in your 70s,it's worth doing, whether it's a paid job or a volunteer,it’s what keeps us going, i kind of missed everybody.I miss the staff.I keep in touch with people on Facebook but it's just kind of hard for me. This has been a tough year, in the sense that I was recovering, trying to do rehab, andat the same time trying to figure out what to do with the rest of my life.

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