What does volunteer mean?

Definitions for volunteer
ˌvɒl ənˈtɪərvol·un·teer

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word volunteer.

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

Wiktionary

  1. volunteernoun

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

    Etymology: From voluntaire, from voluntarius

  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.

    Etymology: From voluntaire, from voluntarius

  3. volunteernoun

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

    Etymology: From voluntaire, from voluntarius

  4. volunteernoun

    A plant that grows in disturbed soil.

    Etymology: From voluntaire, from voluntarius

  5. volunteernoun

    A native or resident of the American state of Tennessee.

    Etymology: From voluntaire, from voluntarius

  6. volunteerverb

    To enlist oneself as a volunteer.

    Etymology: From voluntaire, from voluntarius

  7. volunteerverb

    To do or offer to do something voluntarily.

    Etymology: From voluntaire, from voluntarius

  8. volunteerverb

    To grow without human sowing or intentional cultivation.

    Etymology: From voluntaire, from voluntarius

Webster Dictionary

  1. Volunteeradjective

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

    Etymology: [F. volontaire. See Voluntary, a.]

  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

    Etymology: [F. volontaire. See Voluntary, a.]

  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

    Etymology: [F. volontaire. See Voluntary, a.]

  4. Volunteeradjective

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

    Etymology: [F. volontaire. See Voluntary, a.]

  5. Volunteerverb

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

    Etymology: [F. volontaire. See Voluntary, a.]

  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

    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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Numerology

  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. Our Revolution:

    It's a real test of whether we can be more than an email machine, not just people signing up for things online, but instead actually building a political organization. That's what it's always been about. I don't spend this kind of time as a volunteer and board chair to generate more emails.

  2. Ben Stewart:

    Our members vote, they buy houses here, but they also volunteer in numerous activities, that's the secret to Tulsa Remote success, Tulsa Remote success integration element. We really want people to see themselves in Tulsa for the long haul and get to know and enjoy Tulsa. Our goal is that they become life long Tulsans.

  3. Laura Markham:

    The research shows the opposite. The research shows kids volunteer more [and] it shows kids are more confident but not more entitled.

  4. Andrew Guiliani:

    We need, as public servants, to make sure that we are serving them and not serving ourselves the way Andrew Cuomo is doing, i think we’ve all seen how Andrew Cuomo has served himself. You see $5 million for a book deal. Well, while Andrew Cuomo makes seven figures a year serving himself, I’m happy to go volunteer my time to be the candidate for governor, the 57th governor for the state of New York.

  5. Chad Griffin:

    The vote by the executive committee to recommend that gay, lesbian and bisexual adults be allowed to work and volunteer for the Boy Scouts is a welcome step toward erasing a stain on one of our nation's most storied organizations, but writing in an exemption for troops organized by religious organizations undermines the potentially historic nature of today's vote.

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