- The definition of a volunteer is a person who donates his time or efforts for a cause or organization without being paid.
A person who works in a soup kitchen for free is an example of a volunteer.
- To volunteer is defined as to give without being asked and without being paid.
When you go work in a soup kitchen for free, this is an example of a situation where you volunteer.
- a person who chooses freely to do or offer to do something
- a person who chooses freely to enter naval or military service, without being compelled to do so by law
- Bot. a volunteer plant
- a person who chooses freely to enter into a transaction with no promise of compensation
- a person to whom property is transferred without valuable consideration
Origin of volunteerearlier voluntier from obsolete French voluntaire from Classical Latin (miles)voluntarius, voluntary (soldier)
- composed of volunteers, as an army
- serving as a volunteer, usually without compensation
- of a volunteer or volunteers
- Bot. growing from seed that has fallen naturally to the ground, not planted by a person
- A person who performs or offers to perform a service voluntarily: an information booth staffed by volunteers; hospital volunteers.
- A person who chooses to enter a branch of the military without being drafted or forced to do so by law.
- Law A person who works without pay or assumes an obligation to which he or she is not a party or otherwise interested.
- Botany A cultivated plant growing from self-sown or accidentally dropped seed.
- Being, consisting of, or done by volunteers: volunteer firefighters; volunteer tutoring.
- Botany Growing from self-sown or accidentally dropped seed. Used of a cultivated plant or crop.
verbvol·un·teered, vol·un·teer·ing, vol·un·teers
- To give or offer to give voluntarily: volunteered their services; volunteer to give blood.
- Informal To compel (someone) to do something: We were volunteered to do the dishes.
- To perform or offer to perform a service of one's own free will.
- To choose to enter military service of one's own free will.
- To do charitable or helpful work without pay: Many retirees volunteer in community service and day care centers.
Origin of volunteerObsolete French voluntaire from Old French voluntary from Latin voluntārius ; see voluntary .
- One who enters into, or offers for, any service of his/her own free will, especially when done without pay.
- (military) 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.
- (law) A person who acts out of his own will without a legal obligation, such as a donor.
- (botany, agriculture) A plant that grows spontaneously, without being cultivated on purpose; see volunteer plant in Wikipedia.
- A native or resident of the American state of Tennessee.
(third-person singular simple present volunteers, present participle volunteering, simple past and past participle volunteered)
- (intransitive) To enlist oneself as a volunteer.
- (intransitive) To do or offer to do something voluntarily.
- to volunteer for doing the dishes
- To offer.
- to volunteer an explanation
- (intransitive, botany) To grow without human sowing or intentional cultivation.
- (informal) To offer the services of (someone else) to do something.
- My sister volunteered me to do the dishes.