- a person who voluntarily offers himself or herself for a service or undertaking.
- a person who performs a service willingly and without pay.
- Military. a person who enters the service voluntarily rather than through conscription or draft, especially for special or temporary service rather than as a member of the regular or permanent army.
- a person whose actions are not founded on any legal obligation so to act.
- a person who intrudes into a matter that does not concern him or her, as a person who pays the debt of another where he or she is neither legally nor morally bound to do so and has no interest to protect in making the payment.
- Agriculture. a volunteer plant.
- (initial capital letter) a native or inhabitant of Tennessee (used as a nickname).
- of, relating to, or being a volunteer or volunteers: a volunteer fireman.
- Agriculture. growing without being seeded, planted, or cultivated by a person; springing up spontaneously.
- to offer oneself for some service or undertaking.
- to enter service or enlist as a volunteer.
- to offer (oneself or one's services) for some undertaking or purpose.
- to give, bestow, or perform voluntarily: to volunteer a song.
- to say, tell, or communicate voluntarily: to volunteer an explanation.
Origin of volunteer
Examples from the Web for volunteer
He then went back to his volunteer corps, which had formed when they did not yet have an ambulance.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops
December 22, 2014
There is a distinct smell of apples, which are handed out by volunteer workers.Inside the Smuggling Networks Flooding Europe with Refugees
Barbie Latza Nadeau
December 15, 2014
Women do volunteer and women are victims—you have to think in nuanced kind of way.The New Face of Boko Haram’s Terror: Teen Girls
December 13, 2014
However, the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation seems to be behind the idea of making their famous supporter a volunteer cop.LAPD Foundation: Mark Wahlberg Would Make a Good Reserve Cop
December 9, 2014
In the final stretch of the campaign, Gotauco, the Healey volunteer, recorded a song she titled "Integrity in A-Minor."How to Run a Statewide Campaign on $38
November 12, 2014
"Never knew him to volunteer to do a thing before," declared Max.With Trapper Jim in the North Woods
Lawrence J. Leslie
In 1792, he enlisted as a volunteer; and in a year he was general of brigade.Self-Help
Hers is the only army into which no man can be forced, and in which every man is a volunteer.
Is my life any more precious than yours, or that of some volunteer Army pilot?Spawn of the Comet
Harold Thompson Rich
There's Charley going out as a volunteer to India, for what or why no one can say.One Of Them
Charles James Lever
- a person who performs or offers to perform voluntary service
- (as modifier)a volunteer system; volunteer advice
- a person who freely undertakes military service, esp temporary or special service
- a person who does some act or enters into a transaction without being under any legal obligation to do so and without being promised any remuneration for his services
- property lawa person to whom property is transferred without his giving any valuable consideration in return, as a legatee under a will
- a plant that grows from seed that has not been deliberately sown
- (as modifier)a volunteer plant
- to offer (oneself or one's services) for an undertaking by choice and without request or obligation
- (tr) to perform, give, or communicate voluntarilyto volunteer help; to volunteer a speech
- (intr) to enlist voluntarily for military service
Word Origin and History for volunteer
c.1600, "one who offers himself for military service," from Middle French voluntaire, noun use of adj. meaning "voluntary," from Latin voluntarius "voluntary, of one's free will" (see 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.