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voluntary

adjective uk   /ˈvɒl.ən.tər.i/ us    /ˈvɑː.lən.ter.i/
C1 done, made, or given willingly, without being forced or paid to do it: They chose to take voluntary redundancy. She does voluntary work for the Red Cross two days a week.Freedom to actOpportunity describes an organization that is controlled and supported by people who give their time and money to it without being paid, and that exists to help other people: The hospital has asked various voluntary organizations to help raise money for the new operating theatre.Charity organizationsGenerous and charitable
voluntarily
adverb uk   /-trəl.i/ us    /-ter.əl.i/
Freedom to actOpportunity
(Definition of voluntary from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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