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English definition of “voluntary”

voluntary

adjective     /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     /-trəl.i/ US  /-ter.əl.i/ adverb Freedom to actOpportunity
(Definition of voluntary adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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