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Definitions of volunteer

  1. a person who freely enlists for ( military) service
  2. without payment; " the soup kitchen was run primarily by unpaid helpers"; " a volunteer fire department"
  3. a person who performs voluntary work
  4. agree freely; " She volunteered to drive the old lady home"; " I offered to help with the dishes but the hostess would not hear of it"
  5. tell voluntarily; " He volunteered the information"
  6. do volunteer work
  7. ( military) a person who freely enlists for service
  8. One who enters into, or offers for, any service of his own free will.
  9. One who enters into 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.
  10. A grantee in a voluntary conveyance; one to whom a conveyance is made without valuable consideration; a party, other than a wife or child of the grantor, to whom, or for whose benefit, a voluntary conveyance is made.
  11. Of or pertaining to a volunteer or volunteers; consisting of volunteers; voluntary; as, volunteer companies; volunteer advice.
  12. To offer or bestow voluntarily, or without solicitation or compulsion; as, to volunteer one's services.
  13. To enter into, or offer for, any service of one's own free will, without solicitation or compulsion; as, he volunteered in that undertaking.
  14. One who enters into any service of his own free will; one who offers himself for military service.
  15. To offer one's services freely; to enter of one's own accord into military service.
  16. To offer or bestow without constraint or compulsion.
  17. Pertaining to voluntoers or to their work.
  18. Voluntary.
  19. One who enters any service, esp. military, voluntarily or of his own free choice.
  20. Entering into service voluntarily.
  21. To enter into any service of one's own free will or without being asked.
  22. One who enters any service of his free will.
  23. To enter into service of one's free will.
  24. To offer one's service voluntarily.
  25. One who volunteers, as for service in the army.
  26. Voluntarily entering into service; composed of volunteers.
  27. A person who enters into military or other service of his own free will.
  28. To offer or bestow voluntarily.
  29. To enter into any service of one's free- will, without solicitation or compulsion.
  30. One who enters into the military or naval service from choice.
  31. To offer without solicitation or compulsion; to serve as a volunteer.

Usage examples for volunteer

  1. Might we not as well appoint a committee for each department of the government, to counsel and direct its head separately, as volunteer ourselves to counsel and direct the whole, in mass? – Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson by Thomas Jefferson
  2. " The best thing to do is for one of us to volunteer-" " I will do that," said Caterna. – The Adventures of a Special Correspondent by Jules Verne
  3. I'm perfectly certain that every single volunteer she's got is just as great a blackguard- your word, my dear fellow- as I am, and Finola knows it perfectly well. – Hyacinth 1906 by George A. Birmingham
  4. To a brother volunteer who came to see him he said, with a smile, " John, don't let the awkward squad fire over me." – Robert Burns by Principal Shairp
  5. The third member, himself a volunteer officer, and myself, said we did. – From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life by Captain A. T. Mahan
  6. When Stewart passed, following the girl closely, the volunteer door- tender qualified as a good sport. – All-Wool Morrison by Holman Day
  7. The first expedition in which our gallant volunteer was engaged may be called successful, but certainly was not glorious. – The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
  8. I'll volunteer for the Flying Corps." – A Hero of Liége by Herbert Strang
  9. Unless you volunteer to become my secretary. – The End of a Coil by Susan Warner
  10. There are men who, if they took it into their heads that there was one chance in a hundred of reaching the moon by being precipitated into space in some kind of torpedo, would volunteer for the adventure. – The Pleasures of Ignorance by Robert Lynd
  11. Though not regularly employed as one of the clerks, I had been admitted to serve as a volunteer, since my return from Hanau. – Jezebel's Daughter by Wilkie Collins
  12. To provide an adequate number of officers for the volunteer army was more difficult. – The Path of Empire A Chronicle of the United States as a World Power, Volume 46 in The Chronicles of America Series by Carl Russell Fish
  13. He handed it to the major general, who had so lately joined the army as a volunteer, with the simple words, " I would rather they had selected you for this than any other man." – Lafayette by Martha Foote Crow
  14. Don't you intend to volunteer?" – Frank's Campaign or the Farm and the Camp by Horatio Alger, Jr.
  15. President Lincoln at once called for volunteer troops. – Boys' and Girls' Biography of Abraham Lincoln by James H. Shaw
  16. In all cases of emergency the reliance of the country is properly placed in the militia of the several States, and it may well deserve the consideration of Congress whether a new and more perfect organization might not be introduced, looking mainly to the volunteer companies of the Union for the present and of easy application to the great body of the militia in time of war. – Complete State of the Union Addresses from 1790 to the Present by Various
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