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volunteer

vol·un·teer

volunteer

 
 
pronunciation:
va ln tir
parts of speech:
noun, adjective, intransitive verb, transitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: one who offers to perform work or services without pay.
The teacher needed a volunteer to pass out the papers.She works as a volunteer for the Red Cross.
similar words:
candy striper, nonprofessional
definition 2: one who enlists in the armed forces.
When there were not enough volunteers to fight, the government instituted the draft.
synonyms:
recruit
similar words:
enlisted man
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part of speech: adjective
definition: of or pertaining to a volunteer or volunteers.
It's a small town with only volunteer firefighters.The U.S. has a volunteer army.
similar words:
nonprofessional, voluntary
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: volunteered, volunteering, volunteers
definition 1: to present oneself for work or service.
I think I'll volunteer at the soup kitchen this year.
synonyms:
enlist
similar words:
sign up
definition 2: to enlist in the armed forces.
He wasn't drafted; he volunteered.
synonyms:
enlist
similar words:
enroll, join, register, sign up
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to offer (one's time or labor) freely or for no pay.
He volunteered an hour a week at the nursing home.
similar words:
give, offer, present
definition 2: to express or offer without being asked or obligated.
He didn't volunteer any explanation for his behavior.Thank you for volunteering your help.
synonyms:
extend, offer, tender
similar words:
advance, give, present, proffer, submit
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