- 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 volunteered
His regular partner was late that day, and Police Officer Wenjian Liu volunteered to fill in.
Finally, Ciolino volunteered a lawyer, Jack Rimland, to represent Simon in court.Wrongly Imprisoned for 15 Years Thanks to an Innocence Project|Jacob Siegel|November 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Jackson volunteered this information to detectives, just before the trial, in the mistaken belief that it would help Wise.
The sisters, who volunteered for relief work in addition to ministerial service through their order, were extraordinary women.Caught: Female Assassin Who Allegedly Murdered Five American Nuns|Barbie Latza Nadeau|September 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Beck volunteered for extra deployments and ran straight toward fire without a thought.
Ibrahim the Egyptian, a Roman Catholic, as it seemed, had volunteered to act as dragoman.When It Was Dark|Guy Thorne
"There are heaps of new girls," volunteered another who stood by.The Luckiest Girl in the School|Angela Brazil
Nearly thirty of them volunteered their services to execute the order.Darius the Great|Jacob Abbott
"She's a peach, too," he volunteered with the genial impudence that characterized him.The Pirate of Panama|William MacLeod Raine
He had volunteered as one of the party to try the Hunley after she had suffocated her second crew.The Submarine in War and Peace|Simon Lake
British Dictionary definitions for volunteered
- 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 volunteered
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.