I. noun Etymology: obsolete French voluntaire (now volontaire), from voluntaire, adjective, voluntary, from Old French, from Latin voluntarius Date: circa 1600 1. a person who voluntarily undertakes or expresses a willingness to undertake a service: as a. one who enters into military service voluntarily b. (1) one who renders a service or takes part in a transaction while having no legal concern or interest (2) one who receives a conveyance or transfer of property without giving valuable consideration 2. a volunteer plant 3. capitalized [Volunteers of America] a member of a quasi-military religious and philanthropic organization founded in 1896 by Commander and Mrs. Ballington Booth II. adjective Date: 1649 1. being, consisting of, or engaged in by volunteers <
a volunteer army
busy with volunteer activities
2. growing spontaneously without direct human control or supervision especially from seeds lost from a previous crop <
volunteer corn plants
III. verb Date: circa 1755 intransitive verb to offer oneself as a volunteer <
volunteered to host the meeting
transitive verb to offer or bestow voluntarily <
volunteer one's services

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Volunteer — Vol un*teer , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Volunteered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Volunteering}.] To offer or bestow voluntarily, or without solicitation or compulsion; as, to volunteer one s services. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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