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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
volunteer for redundancy (=offer to take redundancy)
▪ Nearly 40% of the workforce volunteered for redundancy.
▪ The principle of opportunity cost was recognized by Congress when it eliminated the draft in favor of the volunteer army.
▪ I met a couple of Peace Corps volunteers who walked a kilometre each morning to fetch water.
▪ The judges thought that we, the Peace Corps volunteers, had turned these guys on.
▪ Have a student volunteer fill the glass completely with water and place the cardboard on top of it.
▪ Ask a student volunteer to draw a line down the middle of one side without taking the pencil off the paper.
▪ Have a new student volunteer place one hand on top of the cardboard while carefully turning the glass upside-down.
▪ Ask another student volunteer to cut along the line.
▪ The area was cleaned up by student volunteers and local scouts planted trees in parts of the Sanctuary.
▪ Have student volunteers compare the weight of the two grapes in their hands and tell you which feels heavier.
▪ Have a student volunteer pour some water from the thermos into each cup and put a thermometer in it.
▪ Have several student volunteers feel the outsides of the cups.
▪ She had toyed with the idea of doing volunteer work with the homeless, but had done nothing about it.
▪ Many others who have begun volunteer work for the first time say something similar.
▪ The work was totally different to the volunteer work I had done at home and was quite a challenge.
▪ More than half the employees of the publishing company do volunteer work through its Community Connection Program.
▪ Part of our volunteers work is to commend to schools our range of written and audio-visual materials.
▪ Those activities could include attending a literacy program, doing volunteer work, or attending parenting classes.
▪ Sammy is already an accomplished player of the electric organ and looks forward to having more time for this and volunteer work.
▪ With the extra free time, they might do more volunteer work, Jerome said.
▪ A year after the Darlington Help Furniture project was launched, volunteer workers are still busy organising furniture switches throughout the town.
▪ Help needed: Hartlepool's Citizens Advice Bureau is recruiting volunteer workers.
▪ Joyce Standing, a community centre volunteer worker, said a bus ban would have made life impossible for many residents.
▪ During a lecture to a lay group he asked a volunteer to come to the front and do a reading.
▪ Is it full? 2. Ask a volunteer to add sand to the container of marbles.
▪ I originally saw an advert in the paper asking for volunteers for the hospital radio station.
Ask again how many sides the paper circle has. 4. Ask another student volunteer to cut along the line.
▪ I ask that volunteers should contact me and the steering committee should be non-political.
▪ After firing off a couple of jokes that bomb disastrously, he will ask for a volunteer from the audience.
▪ Worse yet, black and Latino teens were far less likely to be asked to volunteer than whites.
▪ She then asks the volunteer to make a fist and hold her arm out with as much strength as she can muster.
▪ The council race is non-partisan but party affiliation often helps in recruiting volunteers and raising money.
▪ In April 1982 Cambridgeshire introduced a four-year pilot scheme that involved seven volunteer schools: six secondary, one primary.
▪ He found he enjoyed the buzz of the work and became involved in training other volunteers in the use of computers.
▪ Katharine wants to hear from businesses, Phil wants to hear from anyone interested in joining the volunteer Greenfingers team.
▪ Our low-key departure meant that Joe, Loi, Mark and I could be joined by a fifth volunteer.
▪ We also need volunteers to man/woman these stalls.
▪ The organization needs volunteers who can commit to work in the facility four hours a week.
▪ The tax agency needs volunteers to help answer tax-questions and fill out basic federal and state income tax returns.
▪ The large-scale project needs up to fifteen volunteers at a time, distributed amongst five scientists.
▪ The aim now is to improve and expand both facilities for passengers and the accommodation the railway provides for volunteers.
▪ Many food banks provide volunteer gleaners, or pickers, who will come to your house to pick the fruit.
▪ We provide volunteer accommodation in our hostel about Llanuwchllyn station and a free hearty lunch is available every day.
▪ Just as important, Dwyer launched a major public consultation exercise, recruiting 100 volunteers representing a cross section of the population.
▪ The council race is non-partisan but party affiliation often helps in recruiting volunteers and raising money.
▪ In response to such shortages bureaux may mount campaigns to recruit more volunteers.
▪ The National Lottery may be a catalyst for a change in this attitude, and so might the problems with recruiting volunteers.
▪ It then sent out volunteers every month to rate each of 6, 000 streets.
▪ He found he enjoyed the buzz of the work and became involved in training other volunteers in the use of computers.
▪ They were tough, highly trained volunteers in the Airborne, but some looked very young to me.
▪ After a one-day training program, volunteers help park rangers teach visitors how to tide-pool safely and carefully.
willing helper/volunteer/partner etc
▪ Any Texas prisoner who finds a willing partner on the outside is allowed to be married.
▪ Find yourself a willing partner and sit facing each other.
▪ For example, a teacher who says that she thinks some of the dolls need bathing will soon have some willing helpers.
▪ I belong to several organisations, some are small and local who need willing helpers and supporters.
▪ Non-horsy spouses and relatives can be trained for this role, but they must be willing helpers!
▪ There may be a willing volunteer or a professional person specially appointed, but this may not be easy to find.
▪ Why should he bother, when he had a willing partner waiting back in his rooms?
▪ You take one pair of ends, your willing helper takes the other, and off you go.
▪ a volunteer fire department
▪ I need someone to rake the yard. Any volunteers?
▪ Another revelation: enthusiastic volunteers were not necessarily best-suited to be foster parents, either by temperament or circumstances.
▪ Ask a volunteer to drop one of the liquids on the waxed paper near the high end, near one side.
▪ Bush has agreed to serve as co-chairman with Clinton at an April summit in Philadelphia to encourage volunteers to help the needy.
▪ It depends on unemployed volunteers who give much time and effort.
▪ The duke presented certificates to the first 16 volunteers who have been trained for the scheme.
▪ The four volunteers entered the test chamber on June 12 with a limited supply of air and water.
▪ She volunteered for cooking duty at her college, knowing that she could pick at the food without anyone seeing.
▪ Those forced from their homes still were expected to volunteer for civil defense duties.
▪ He had used the police computer network and discovered his wife had volunteered for nursing duty.
▪ It never paid to volunteer information.
▪ Better to let them volunteer information for reasons of their own.
▪ She didn't volunteer any information about where Rohan Saint Yves slept.
▪ Mr James, 61, volunteered the information about his political links.
▪ First, she failed to volunteer any information about the relationship at all.
▪ She'd volunteered the information about Amy's marital relationships.
▪ He sure as hell was not going to volunteer the information.
▪ Tell her to answer Dalgliesh's questions but not to volunteer information, any information.
▪ The girls did not volunteer for the job.
▪ We can stop assuming that women are going to volunteer for the caretaking jobs regardless of how our society treats caretakers.
▪ I was telling Vitalis about the problem when he volunteered to do the job himself.
▪ Moreover, parents are required to volunteer in the school as part of their vocational training for Family Tree.
▪ A total of 10 Conservation Corps volunteers work at the school.
▪ No doubt some of them volunteered for war service a year later.
▪ By nightfall, the private airboat owners who had volunteered their services were asked to go home.
▪ Most of them volunteered for service in Bosnia.
▪ The United States further reserves to these provisions with respect to individuals who volunteer for military service prior to age 18.
▪ Mrs V Hawkins volunteered her services and G. Espin offered to provide street maps. 4.
▪ Nurses volunteer their services when they wish to work and managers engage them at the times required.
▪ Hofmeyr had volunteered his services free of charge.
▪ Dispute about the safety of the operation led to dockers being asked to volunteer for the work of loading the ship.
▪ Andy didn't wait to be drafted - he volunteered.
▪ Jill volunteered to go with me to the hospital.
▪ No one volunteered for night duty.
▪ Will anyone volunteer to help me clean up this mess?
▪ A teacher volunteers and works the staff through a brainstorming session, listing all the issues that they feel should be discussed.
▪ His wife, Alcestis, volunteers.
▪ It also volunteered a fat contribution to the San Diego Host Committee, which helped raise money for the convention.
▪ Some areas have volunteer clearing agencies where people wishing to volunteer can register.
▪ The girls did not volunteer for the job.
▪ We at Downtown News hereby volunteer to print those details if Wells Fargo makes them available.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Volunteer \Vol`un*teer"\, v. i. To enter into, or offer for, any service of one's own free will, without solicitation or compulsion; as, he volunteered in that undertaking.


Volunteer \Vol`un*teer"\, n. [F. volontaire. See Voluntary, a.]

  1. One who enters into, or offers for, any service of his own free will.

  2. (Mil.) 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.

  3. (Law) 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.


Volunteer \Vol`un*teer"\, a. Of or pertaining to a volunteer or volunteers; consisting of volunteers; voluntary; as, volunteer companies; volunteer advice.


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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1600, "one who offers himself for military service," from Middle French voluntaire, "one who volunteers," also as an adjective, "voluntary," from Latin voluntarius "voluntary, of one's free will," as a plural noun "volunteers" (see voluntary). Non-military sense is first recorded 1630s. As an adjective from 1640s. Tennessee has been the Volunteer State since the Mexican War, when a call for 2,800 volunteers brought out 30,000 men.


1755, from volunteer (n.). Related: Volunteered; volunteering (1690s as a verbal noun).


n. 1 One who enters into, or offers for, any service of his/her own free will, especially when done without pay. 2 (label en military) 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. 3 (label en legal) A person who acts out of his own will without a legal obligation, such as a donor. 4 (label en botany agriculture) A plant that grows spontaneously, without being cultivated on purpose; ''see'' (w Volunteer (botany) volunteer plant) in Wikipedi

  1. 5 A native or resident of the American state of Tennessee. v

  2. 1 (label en intransitive) To enlist oneself as a volunteer. 2 (label en ambitransitive) To do or offer to do something voluntarily. 3 (label en transitive) To offer. 4 (label en intransitive botany) To grow without human sowing or intentional cultivation. 5 (label en transitive informal) To offer the services of (someone else) to do something.

  1. v. tell voluntarily; "He volunteered the information"

  2. 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" [syn: offer]

  3. do volunteer work

  1. adj. without payment; "the soup kitchen was run primarily by unpaid helpers"; "a volunteer fire department" [syn: unpaid, volunteer(a)]

  2. n. (military) a person who freely enlists for service [syn: military volunteer, voluntary] [ant: draftee]

  3. a person who performs voluntary work [syn: unpaid worker]

Volunteer (botany)

In gardening and agronomic terminology, a volunteer is a plant that grows on its own, rather than being deliberately planted by a farmer or gardener. Volunteers often grow from seeds that float in on the wind, are dropped by birds, or are inadvertently mixed into compost. Unlike weeds, which are unwanted plants, a volunteer may be encouraged by gardeners once it appears, being watered, fertilized, or otherwise cared for. The action of such plants – to sprout or grow in this fashion – may also be described as volunteering.

Volunteers that grow from the seeds of specific cultivars are not reliably identical or similar to their parent, and often differ significantly from it. Such open pollinated plants, if they show desirable characteristics, may be selected to become new cultivars.

Volunteer (disambiguation)

Volunteer or Volunteers may refer to:

Volunteer (Irish republican)

Volunteer, often abbreviated Vol., is a term used by a number of Irish republican paramilitary organisations to describe their members. Among these have been the various forms of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) and the Irish National Liberation Army (INLA). Óglach is the equivalent title in the Irish language.

Volunteer (yacht)

Volunteer was an American racing yacht built in 1887 for the America's Cup races. It was the victorious American defender of the seventh America's Cup match that same year against Scottish challenger Thistle.

Volunteer (album)

Volunteer is an album by punk band Sham 69, released in 1988 (see 1988 in music).

Volunteer (Ulster loyalist)

Volunteer, abbreviated Vol., is a title used by a number of Ulster loyalist paramilitary organisations to describe their members.

Usage examples of "volunteer".

At loose ends, these analysands would undoubtedly boost the probability factor for volunteers.

Asia, supervising intelligence flights over trouble spots like Korea and Vietnam when the first BuPers announcement was posted inviting any Navy fliers with test-pilot experience to volunteer for the pool from which a small group of men would be chosen for astronaut training.

So I volunteered to give a refresher course on astrophysics, for anyone who wants to try for astronaut training.

The Saudis mobilized their armed forces, began training volunteers, broke off diplomatic relations with Britain and France, banned the refueling of their ships in Saudi ports, and embargoed oil shipments to both countries.

However, as Rahniseeta did not volunteer anything and neither Barnet nor Derian appeared to notice her mood, Firekeeper kept her reflections to herself.

Chambersburg only two days when Scott ordered him to wait until some regular infantrymen and several batteries of artillery reached him to give spine to his volunteers.

After breakfast, Arthur volunteered to take Lady Bellamy round the garden, with the ulterior object of extracting some more information about Angela.

On the evening before their departure, Arthur volunteered to take Lady Bellamy down to the parade to hear the band play.

Talut volunteered his fermented drink for dinner, which made everyone feel it was a special occasion, since he usually brought out his bouza only for guests and celebrations.

As word of what Brewster was doing began to spread, more people showed up to see these wonders for themselves and wound up volunteering for the project.

The volunteer nurse kicked open the door into the little room and went in, hastily pouring the bromo seltzer from one glass to the other to keep it from foaming out of all bounds.

The term of one hundred days for which the National Guard of Ohio volunteered having expired, the President directs an official acknowledgment to be made of their patriotic and valuable services during the recent campaigns.

General Anderson telegraphed me that on the news of General Fremont having actually issued deeds of manumission, a whole company of our volunteers threw down their arms and disbanded.

As for choir,--several of the singers of the church volunteered to sit together in the front side-seats, and as there was no place for an organ, they gallantly rallied round a melodeon,--or perhaps it is a cabinet organ,--a charming instrument, and, as everybody knows, entirely in keeping with the pillars, arches, and great spaces of a real Gothic edifice.

Our next move was to shove the screen back and mount the volunteer singers, melodeon and all, upon the platform,--some twenty of them crowded together behind the minister.