from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A person who performs or offers to perform a service voluntarily: an information booth staffed by volunteers; hospital volunteers.
- n. Law A person who renders aid, performs a service, or assumes an obligation voluntarily.
- n. Law A person who holds property under a deed made without consideration.
- n. Botany A cultivated plant growing from self-sown or accidentally dropped seed.
- adj. Being, consisting of, or done by volunteers: volunteer firefighters; volunteer tutoring.
- adj. Botany Growing from self-sown or accidentally dropped seed. Used of a cultivated plant or crop.
- transitive v. To give or offer to give voluntarily: volunteered their services; volunteer to give blood.
- intransitive v. To perform or offer to perform a service of one's own free will.
- intransitive v. To do charitable or helpful work without pay: Many retirees volunteer in community service and day care centers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One who enters into, or offers for, any service of his/her own free will, especially when done without pay.
- n. 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.
- n. A person who acts out of his own will without a legal obligation, such as a donor.
- n. A plant that grows in disturbed soil.
- n. A native or resident of the American state of Tennessee.
- v. To enlist oneself as a volunteer.
- v. To do or offer to do something voluntarily.
- v. To grow without human sowing or intentional cultivation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who enters into, or offers for, any service of his own free will.
- n. 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.
- n. 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.
- adj. Of or pertaining to a volunteer or volunteers; consisting of volunteers; voluntary
- transitive v. To offer or bestow voluntarily, or without solicitation or compulsion.
- intransitive v. To enter into, or offer for, any service of one's own free will, without solicitation or compulsion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In horticulture, a plant that comes up of itself from naturally scattered seed, in distinction from one that comes from sowing by the horticulturist.
- n. A person who enters into any service of his own free will.
- n. A person who enters military service of his own free will, and not by constraint or compulsion; one who offers to serve, and generally receives some consideration or privileges on that account; in the United States, especially during the civil war, a soldier of a body other than the regular army, but practically governed by the same laws when in service.
- n. In law, one who claims the benefit of a contract or conveyance although no consideration proceeded from him nor from any one in whose place he stands.
- n. A tree which grows spontaneously: as, that pear-tree in my garden is a volunteer.
- Entering into military service by free will and choice: as, a volunteer soldier.
- Composed of volunteers: as, a volunteer corps.
- To offer, contribute, or bestow voluntarily, or without constraint or compulsion.
- To enter into any service of one's free will, without constraint or compulsion: as, to volunteer for a campaign
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who performs voluntary work
- adj. without payment
- v. tell voluntarily
- n. (military) a person who freely enlists for service
- v. agree freely
- v. do volunteer work
- n. a native or resident of Tennessee
Obsolete French voluntaire, from Old French, voluntary, from Latin voluntārius; see voluntary.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French voluntaire, from Latin voluntarius ("willing, voluntary"); or from voluntary + -eer. (Wiktionary)