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a person who freely offers to take part in an enterprise or undertake a task. a person who works for an organization without being paid. a person who freely enrolls for military service rather than being conscripted, especially a member of a force formed by voluntary enrollment and distinct from the regular army. a plant that has not been deliberately planted. Law a person to whom a voluntary conveyance or deposition is made.
verb [no object]
freely offer to do something:he volunteered for the job [with infinitive]:I rashly volunteered to be a contestant [with object] offer (help):he volunteered his services as a driver for the convoy [reporting verb] say or suggest something without being asked: [with object]:it never paid to volunteer information [with direct speech]:“Her name’s Louise,” Christina volunteered work for an organization without being paid. [with object] commit (someone) to a particular undertaking, typically without consulting them:he was volunteered for parachute training by friends