- 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 volunteered
Contemporary Examples of volunteered
His regular partner was late that day, and Police Officer Wenjian Liu volunteered to fill in.In The Shadow of Murdered Cops
December 26, 2014
Finally, Ciolino volunteered a lawyer, Jack Rimland, to represent Simon in court.Wrongly Imprisoned for 15 Years Thanks to an Innocence Project
November 13, 2014
Jackson volunteered this information to detectives, just before the trial, in the mistaken belief that it would help Wise.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
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
Beck volunteered for extra deployments and ran straight toward fire without a thought.The Woman Stuck in a Navy SEAL's Body
September 4, 2014
Historical Examples of volunteered
"De gent could buy a badge and get in," volunteered Old Bill.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
Lieutenant Rawlins volunteered to try and reach it with the order.
Captain Cole volunteered to accompany them with a dozen sowars.
Mali-ya-bwana and, unexpectedly, a big Kavirondo of Kingozi's safari, volunteered.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
I volunteered to go one cruise in the Warren, under Mr. Byrne.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
- 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 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.