- 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.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
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|Michael Daly|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
Women do volunteer and women are victims—you have to think in nuanced kind of way.
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|Asawin Suebsaeng|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the final stretch of the campaign, Gotauco, the Healey volunteer, recorded a song she titled "Integrity in A-Minor."
That cannot be proved unless you volunteer as a witness, and give away the whole vile story of the plot to abduct Miss Maynard.A Traitor's Wooing|Headon Hill
It was on this night that the Curé made up his mind to volunteer, and soon he was at the Front.Everyman's Land|C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
We went on—the Blight thrilled, for she had heard much of our volunteer force at the Gap and had seen something already.A Knight of the Cumberland|John Fox Jr.
The volunteer corps consisted almost entirely of young men of the country.The Old Santa Fe Trail|Henry Inman
The brick in the building of Felix Bachman & Company and the volunteer bucket-brigade prevented a general conflagration.Sixty Years in Southern California 1853-1913|Harris Newmark
British Dictionary definitions for volunteer
- a person who performs or offers to perform voluntary service
- (as modifier)a volunteer system; volunteer advice
- 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 law a 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
Word Origin for volunteer
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.